Sacked by the government from the UK's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, for "political interference", Prof David Nutt examines the flaws in drugs policy: eg horse-riding is more dangerous than taking ecstasy! He quantifies and compares the harms - medical, social, financial - of legal and illegal drugs, and explores how to minimize them.
David Nutt is professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Academy of Medical Sciences, the president of the British Neuroscience Association and vice-president of the European Brain Council. He was Chair of the ACMD's Technical Committee for seven years, and became chairman of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs in 2010.