Did You Know? "Ranking 20 Drugs and Alcohol Based on Overall Harm," on ProCon.org

Did you know that the harmfulness of a drug can be rated with at least 16 different criteria? Read the details in "Ranking 20 Drugs and Alcohol by Overall Harm," on the web site medicalmarijuana.procon.org, part of the ProCon.org family.

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Overall harm?

 

Pretty charts, but little help in deciding public policy. It is impossible to separate the harm caused by the drug itself from the harm caused by it's prohibition.

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little help?

I love to drink but any sensible drinker knows the harms risk and takes it into account.

"...little help in deciding public policy..." I don't agree, if there is any harm caused by prohibition we should get rid of it. We still recall the harm caused by alcohol prohibition and, thus, tolerate the harms caused by alcohol. The chart clearly shows that the harms caused by prohibition far outweighs the harms caused by the drugs themselves.

Sorry, I don't trust these

Sorry, I don't trust these guys since they rated Meth use as less harmful to others than Cannabis. And, how is huffing Butane, stacking steroids, or consuming Methadone a better health choice to Cannabis? Plus they spelled Methamphetamine and Amphetamine wrong.

Most of the drugs they rated as more harmful than Cannabis will cause much more health problems Upon regular usage than Cannabis. There is absolutely no way that I would consume Benzodiazepines, Ketamine, Metadone, Butane, Mephedrone, Khat, Steroids, Ecstacy, LSD, Mushrooms, or Buprenorphine multiple times a day- Cannabis is a different story.

About that chart in one word

BULLSHIT

Statistics

Lies, damned lies, statistics.

I personally know people that

I personally know people that get drunk and do the same thing. Mary J.

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I really wonder why Obama is so retrograde when it comes to pot. The criminalization of pot and here in Sedona, Arizona, police busting teenagers for drug paraphernalia when it is little more than a pot pipe. Also anyone charged with a DUI is subjected to a marijuana test which can be positive for days after using it. It is very alienating for young people, and creates negative attitudes that may last a lifetime. Large fines only make it worse. Come on Barak, get with it! kamille

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