In my book to be published soon on counselling alcohol and drug users I talk about the dangers of various drugs and this diagram is consistent with what I hypothesize. This is a good thing as what I have said is a bit controversial. Not overly so but some people may have trouble with it.
I talk about why some drugs are illegal and others are legal concluding that governments make such legislative decisions based on a complex array of factors. One small part is the dangers of drugs but they portray to their constituents that this is the main reason.
If it was the paramount reason then alcohol and tobacco would quickly be made illegal and cannabis, ecstasy and LSD would be made legal. These three are the safest of the drugs currently doing the rounds.
If I should come in for some criticism then it will be good to have references that back me up. This chart comes from some serious research reported in the Lancet, which is a reputable journal. So it would be nice to have the article.
Anyways I clicked on the link and it took me to the journal article abstract which I read and it sounded good. Then I discovered to get the whole article I had to pay $31.50. Yes $31.50 for a single journal article! That seemed like a lot to me and I wondered if anyone actually will pay that much for one journal article. Did I need it that badly to spend $31.50?