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Drugs - Without the Hot Air


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1. Introduction 2. Is ecstasy more dangerous than horse riding? 3. How can we measure the harms done by drugs? 4. Why do people take drugs? 5. Cannabis, and why did Queen Victoria take it? 6. If alcohol were discovered today, would it be legal? 7. Should mephedrone have been banned? 8. What is addiction? Is there an "addictive personality"? 9. Can addiction be cured? 10. From chewing to crack 11. Why was smoking banned in public places? 12. Am I addicted to Valium, Doctor? 13. Can drugs improve performance? 14. Should scientists try LSD? 15. Drugs and war 16. The future of drugs 17. What should I tell my kids about drugs?

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David Nutt is Edmond J Safra Professor of Neurosychopharmacology at Imperial College, London, but is best known as 'the scientist who was sacked' by the UK's Home Secretary because he compared the harms of horse-riding with taking ecstasy or cannabis. He was Chair of the ACMD's Technical Committee for seven years, and became chairman of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs in 2010.


"There's an inherent danger in any sector of education: if the teachings fail to measure up to the truth, then we'll be paving the way for a deep distrust and a greater apathy. With this in mind, it is of tremendous enthusiasm that we welcome Professor Nutt's book: Drugs - Without the Hot Air" -- Jason Reed * Huffington Post *
a refreshingly clear-eyed work. Anyone looking for a calm and objective overview of the drugs available in Britain would do much better to read Professor Nutt's book than to believe what they read in the papers, or what they hear from the lips of government ministers. -- The Economist
"Nutt is both committed to rigorous, evidence-based policy and to clear, no-nonsense prose that makes complex subjects comprehensible. [...] a book that everyone should read." -- Cory Doctorow * Boing Boing *

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