Drugs Without the Hot Air: Making Sense of Legal and Illegal Drugs


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by David Nutt

From the Publisher: The dangers of illegal drugs are well known and rarely disputed, but how harmful are alcohol and tobacco by comparison? What are we missing by banning medical research into magic mushrooms, LSD and cannabis? Can they be sources of valuable treatments?

Praise for the Book: I don’t think you could ask for a more sensible, clear-eyed, and useful book about drugs, from the ones your doctor prescribes to the ones your bartender serves you to the ones you can go to jail for possessing. Nutt is not just a great and principled campaigner, nor merely a talented and dedicated scientist – he’s also a superb communicator. – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

There’s a lifetime’s worth of knowledge and research to dig into here but thanks to Nutt’s direct, no nonsense writing style the book also serves as a masterclass in science communication. – BBC Science Focus magazine

Drugs with the Hot Air is the perfect book for anyone who wants to understand drugs, their risks and benefits. David avoids all the prejudices and misinformation, common in too many documents in this field. He writes simply. He is a pleasure to read. – Baroness Meacher, House of Lords

We’ve long been in the grip of extraordinarily destructive drugs policies. There is no better guide to how to get out of this mess than David Nutt. Written by one of the most distinctive voices in the field, Drugs Without the Hot Air offers the basis for a pragmatic, science-based drugs policy. From alcohol and smoking, cannabis and crack, to the contemporary opioid epidemic, Nutt punctures the myths and tells it like it is. A manifesto and a must-read. – Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology & Social Policy, LSE

Engaging, informed, contemporary and wise: David Nutt’s new edition will inform anyone touched by the myriad psychoactive chemicals we call drugs. That’s everyone. – Peter B Jones, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

About the Author: David Nutt is a psychiatrist, the Edmund J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology in Imperial College London and chair of DrugScience. The Times Eureka science magazine voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British Science.

ISBN: 0857844989    –    EAN: 9780857844989

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Weight 15 oz
Dimensions 7.7 × 5 × 1.4 in