Study: Alcohol 'most harmful drug,' followed by crack and heroin.
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/01/alcohol.harm/index.html?hpt=C1A panel of experts weighed the physical, psychological and social problems caused by the drugs and determined that alcohol was the most harmful overall, according to an article on the study released by The Lancet Sunday.
Heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine were the most harmful drugs to individuals, the study says, while alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the most harmful to others.
In the article, the panelists said their findings show that Britain's three-tiered drug classification system, which places drugs into different categories that determine criminal penalties for possession and dealing, has "little relation to the evidence of harm."
Interesting results when you consider the wider implications of alcohol (beyond the user).
No doubt this report will be attacked by the various VIs, but for the moment, it puts it in perspective.