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Drugs Without the Hot Air Paperback – August 24, 2012
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About the Author
David Nutt is a writer and a psychiatrist in the field of psychopharmacology. He is the author of Drugs and the Future, Handbook of Anxiety and Fear, The Neurobiology of Addiction, and Sleep Disorders and has written articles for the Journal of Psychopharmacology and the Lancet.
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While he was on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) he created a list of sixteen different types of harm with which drugs would be rated on, and the results are fairly surprising for the uninitiated. With this framework in mind he is able to give a wonderful examination into our government's insane scheduling of drugs. He is eager to point out that we already have two drugs that have have no medical benefit legalized for recreational use (tobacco and alcohol), as a society we are unwilling to admit our faults in hastily demonizing drugs that have potential therapeutic uses, such as MDMA , psilocybin and LSD.
Whether you're a casual drug user, an opponent of the ware on the drugs, a concerned parent with kids coming of age, or merely curious to learn more about the multitude of drugs out there; this is one of the best books available on the subject.
Highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn the truth and not the political spin...
The book is UK-centric, but US readers could benefit from much of it. It makes a cogently-argued case for treating drug addiction as a health policy issue and not a criminal one; as a result, the book is both clear-eyed and compassionate.
Dr. Nutt starts the book by explaining why our current approach isn't rational. He brilliantly argues how alcohol is more dangerous than many "hard drugs" and how ecstasy is less risky than horseback riding.
Those examples helped me gain a new perspective outside of the hysteria and propaganda I'd been given all of my life. After that, I could understand his fact-based analysis of drugs and addiction with the goal of safety, rather than outright prohibition.
The only flaw is that it is very scientific and detailed. I loved that aspect because it helped me let go of the emotions tied to drugs, but some may find it boring.
Overall, if you're ready to learn what drugs are, and what they aren't, I'd highly recommend Dr. Nutt's book!
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a wondeful informative well written highly readable bookPublished 20 months ago by Dr. Joseph Berke
A must read to come up to speed about the latest drug research. Dr. Nutt does a marvelous job of cutting through the hype.Published 21 months ago by D. Theodore
Items were shipped the day after they were ordered and everything was as described.Published on July 25, 2014 by Micah Parce
Very through book and a unique way of looking at the actual "damage" of "drugs". In accessing the actual damage to ourselves, others and society as a whole, one... Read morePublished on July 24, 2014 by Steven Alex
Book is just a hair too technical to be a quick and easy read. It does raise some valid points in the War on Drugs that we simply do not hear about.Published on July 14, 2014 by Chuck B
While the author is anything but unbiased, he doesn't bias his facts. In fact, his bias is against sensationalism and the media determining drug policy - that is to say, he's not... Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Bryan