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Ecstasy ‘no more dangerous than Horse riding’ !

Taking ecstasy is no more dangerous than riding a horse, according to the head of the UK Government’s drug advisory body!!

We had to recheck the heading again as at first sight we thought it read “taking ecstasy is less dangerous than riding a horse that’s just taken ecstasy! That would make more sense!

We notice that the name of the expert is none other than Professor David Nutt!

Professor Nut? Anything that guy says has got to be right!

Anyway, Professor Nut says there are plenty of other “risky activities such as base jumping, climbing, bungee jumping, hang-gliding, motorcycling” which were worse than “many illicit drugs”. He forgot to include “listening to Robbie Williams or to the Black Eyed Peas or to Van Morrison albums made after 1979” !

This guy also wants to ban horse riding! Did they check whether Professor Nut was high on E when he said this? Yap, that’s just plain loco, Prof!

We’re no experts in this field. However, during the wild years, which lasted from the age of sixteen until, let’s see, erm …. until yesterday, we once or twice may have imbibed something starting with the letter ‘e’. It didn’t do any damage though. Aside from isolated memory loss. It didn’t do any damage though. Aside from isolated memory loss ….

And that was just an egg! Thank f*ck we didn’t take ecstacy!

Yap, horses are dangerous. Especially talking horses. Like the one that confronted me in the wee hours when drunk after downing a bottle of Jack Daniels last month! That damned nag was crazy! He told me he planned to become an international terrorist bomber, but couldn’t obtain a passport.

What a dangerous horse! Definitely more dangerous than ecstacy!

We understand what the report is trying to say, but really using horse riding as an analogy makes no sense! And what’s worse, Prof then goes wildly off point along the road of that dumb analogy!

E may be less harmful than what the scaremongering would have us believe, but it’s still a crazy chemical compound, totally unregulated and created God knows where by God knows who with God knows what ingredients!

E still causes quite a few deaths. Of course too, it causes significant mental damage to a number of people. Nutt conveniently ignores the mental damage in his analysis.
By Christopher Hope, Whitehall Editor
07 Feb 2009

Writing in an academic journal, Professor David Nutt said taking ecstasy was no worse than the risks of “equasy”, a term he invented to describe people’s addiction to horse-riding.

Prof Nutt is the chairman of the Home Office’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs which next week is likely to say that ecstasy should be downgraded to a Class B drug.

Campaigners last night called for him to resign, suggesting that he was on a “personal crusade” to decriminalise the drug.

Prof Nutt, who is an academic at Bristol University and Imperial College, London, wrote the article in the Journal of Psychopharmacology last month.

He said he wanted to compare the risks of horse-riding with the drug to open a debate about drug abuse and risk taking.

Prof Nutt told The Daily Telegraph: “The point was to get people to understand that drug harm can be equal to harms in other parts of life.

“There is not much difference between horse riding and ecstasy.”

In the article, titled “Equasy: An overlooked addiction with implications for the current debate on drug harms”, Prof Nutt wrote that “equasy”, short for “Equine Addiction Syndrome”, had caused 10 deaths and more than 100 road traffic accidents a year.

Through hunting, it also led to “gatherings of users that often are associated with these groups engaging in violent conduct.

“Dependence, as defined by the need to continue to use, has been accepted by the courts in divorce settlements,” he wrote. “Based on these harms, it seems likely that the ACMD would recommend control under the MDAct perhaps as a class A drug given it appears more harmful than ecstasy.”

He wrote that the risks of horse riding showed that society “does not adequately balance the relative risks of drugs against their harms”.

He said: “Making riding illegal would completely prevent all these harms and would be, in practice, very easy to do.

“This attitude raises the critical question of why society tolerates – indeed encourages – certain forms of potentially harmful behaviour but not others, such as drug use.”

There were plenty of other “risky activities such as base jumping, climbing, bungee jumping, hang-gliding, motorcycling” which were worse than which “many illicit drugs”.

Campaigners said Prof Nutt’s comments were ill-judged, coming ahead of the council on whether to downgrade the drug from A to B.

David Raynes, an executive councillor at the National Drug Prevention Alliance said: “Professor Nutt has made numerous unwise comments prejudging the ACMD review of Ecstasy. Is he on a personal crusade against the laws enacted by Parliament?

“He is entitled to his opinion, but if his personal view conflicts so very strongly with his public duties, it would be honourable to consider his position.

“If he does not, the Home Secretary should certainly do it for him.”

The advisory council insisted that Prof Nutt was writing in the journal “in respect of his academic work and not as chair of the ACMD”.

A spokesman said: “Prof Nutt’s academic research does not prejudice the work that he conducts as chair of the ACMD.”

There are 500,000 regular users and between 30 million and 60 million ecstasy pills in circulation in the UK.

If the advisory council recommends downgrading ecstasy next week, the Government can over-rule it – as happened with cannabis this year.

The council heard last year that deaths among ecstasy users had trebled from 10 to 30 a year over the past 15 years. The cost of pills had slumped from £15.50 to £2.30.

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