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  1. Harry says:

    Talk about linking two entirely unrelated topics into a headline!

    The Home Secretary may have been “surprised and profoundly disappointed” and the by Prof David Nutt’s comparison of the risks of ecstasy to that of horse riding, but there is no denying their accuracy. According to the Telegraph article, the president of the Police Superintendents’ Association, also chipped in saying: “This is not some academic or scientific exercise, this is dealing with people’s lives. If we downgrade ecstasy, we are in danger of sending mixed messages out to young and vulnerable people”. The predictable response that ecstasy is an unpredictable killer, or that we need to send out tough messages on drugs does nothing to educate young people about the potential risks involved in use. International research evidence has consistently shown that framing drug information in terms of negative consequences has no impact upon use behaviours, and indeed in some cases is outright counterproductive and associated with increased use in young risk takers. On the whole, young people make sophisticated cost-benefit decisions about what behaviours they pursue. A realistic assessment of the evidence on the dangers of drug use compared to life’s other risk taking activities will do more to help young people make healthy decisions than judging behaviours on the basis of their legality.

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