There have been many studies into which drugs are the most harmful based on their addictive properties. Port of Call takes an in-depth look at the top ten most addictive drugs known to man – you might be surprised at the results.
The UK Government’s former top drug adviser, professor David Nutt, was fired from his advisory role after one of his research studies suggested that alcohol and tobacco were more harmful than cannabis and ecstasy based on their addictive properties.
A subsequent study by Dutch scientists replicated Nutt’s study and devised a “dependency rating,” that measured addictive potency of the most well-known drugs, on a precise scale of 0 to 3. These are the surprising results:
So that’s the comprehensive addictive drug list. You may have noticed that Cannabis wasn’t listed. Despite it being the most used drug in the UK (2.3 million users in the last year, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists), the research suggests that it is less addictive than the drugs listed above.
That’s not to say that cannabis use doesn’t come without its dangers however. Some users may experience psychotic symptoms with hallucinations and delusions lasting a few hours. While long-term use can have a depressant effect and reduce motivation.
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