The report is co-authored by Professor David Nutt, the former UK chief drugs advisor and founder of the Independent Scientific Committee, a body which aims to investigate drugs without political interference.
The committee carried out a modelling exercise in a bid to find out whether it is alcohol or drugs which are more harmful to society and the findings lend support to previous work in the UK and Netherlands, confirming that the present drug classification system has little to do with evidence of harm.
The study involved 16 criteria, including affects on physical and mental health, social harms, environmental damage and economic costs.
Once the modelling exercise was complete the scores for both harm to others and harm to users were added together and it was found that though heroin, crack and methylamphetamine, were the most harmful to individuals, alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine are the most harmful to society.
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