David Nutt: 'The government cannot think logically about drugs'

The former government adviser on drugs explains why his latest research named alcohol as the most dangerous drug
Decca Aitkenhead
The Guardian (UK)
Monday, December 6, 2010

If someone were to invent a perfectly safe ecstasy pill, what would be done about it? It's the sort of scenario clubbers like to speculate about, usually at around 6am, a little the worse for wear after a big night out. It's less common to hear it from a neuropsychopharmacologist and former government scientist – but it is, Professor David Nutt says earnestly, "the key question". So what does he think the government would do?