Should the UK government listen to their advisers?
February 14, 2009 10:37am CST
I know this is a controversial topic, but I would like to hear your opinions on this. The UK government has twice ignored it's own advisors in the past few months about drug classifications. Cannabis was re-classified, and now ecstasy has been put in the same category as heroin. The drug classification system is supposed to be based on how harmful the drug is to the individual. The government's advisor has said that ecstasy is no more dangerous than horse-riding, yet they have chosen to ignore him. If you are rating a drug on how dangerous it is, then surely, alcohol causes thousands more deaths and injuries, and for that matter we are constantly being told that tobacco is responsible for thousands of deaths. Ecstasy apparently causes about 30 deaths a year in the UK. Personally, I wouldn't want to take ecstasy, but surely there is something wrong with their logic here.