Society’s inconsistent moral judgements of potentially harmful activities

What do horse riding, motorsports, base jumping, mountain climbing, storm chasing, and drug use have in common? They are of all course all potentially dangerous activities pursued for a thrill, a rush, and often a great deal of enjoyment. But in our modern-day prohibitionist culture, one of those things is not seen as being like  …


Statement on the dangers posed by e-cigarettes

Drug Science stands by its e-cigarette analysis from 2014, any way of radically reducing the death toll from tobacco would be a worldwide public health triumph. e-cigarettes are not the solution to end the ever-increasing death toll caused by tobacco. However, they have proven to be an incredibly effective tool for tens of thousands of  …


A multi-criterion decision analysis applied to alcohol and cannabis regulation

In collaboration with drug experts in Norway and the UK, multi-criteria decision analysis has been applied to evaluating drug policies for the first time - read the paper here. We have previously applied this technique to investigate harms of common recreational drugs in 2010, and nicotine-containing products in 2014. Drug policy, whether for legal or  …

Khat and alcohol harm comparison

As the khat ban approached, DrugScience commissioned a review of khat harms, following the detailed and rigorous report from the UK Government Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs earlier that year. DrugScience's review provided independent corroboration of the ACMD’s findings that the harms of khat cannot justify a ban and that community measures should  …

Harms of nicotine-containing products

Around the world, politicians are working to ban e-cigarette marketing, limit their nicotine content, prohibit use in public buildings, and even to ban them entirely. There remains a need for policy makers to become better informed of the relative harms of nicotine delivery systems in order to build a regulatory framework that minimises harm. The  …


Drug harms in the UK

An assessment of the various harms of drugs used recreationally in the UK using multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) – a method that uses relevant experts’ knowledge and experience to assess the actual and relative harms – download the paper here. You can also download the raw data here. We wanted to assess drugs in terms  …