Drug Experts Say Alcohol Worse than Crack or Heroin

British scientists have determined that alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin when the combined harms to the user and others are assessed.

The experts presented a new scale of drug harm that rates damage to users themselves and to wider society. On this scale, alcohol was rated the most harmful overall -- almost three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco.

Reuters reports:

“According to the scale, devised by a group of scientists including Britain's Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and an expert adviser to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), heroin and crack cocaine rank as the second and third most harmful drugs. Ecstasy is only an eighth as harmful as alcohol, according to the scientists' analysis.”

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