Alcohol joins heroin in danger drug list
By Tamara McLean
March 23, 2007 12:00
ALCOHOL and tobacco have been given top 10 rankings in a new table of the most dangerous drugs compiled by British experts.
The analysis in leading medical journal The Lancet calls for a new British classification of drugs to reflect the physical and social harm they wreak.
The chart - a compilation of expert opinion - places heroin as clearly the most dangerous, followed by cocaine, barbiturates and methadone.
Two legal drugs, alcohol and tobacco, are included for the first time, ranked number five and nine respectively among the 20 most dangerous substances.
Amphetamines took eighth place, cannabis ranked eleventh and ecstasy was further down the list at number 18.
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