Prof Nutt\’s article in the latest edition of the Journal of Psychopharmacology is entitled "Equasy — An overlooked addiction with implications for the current debate on drug harms".
He writes: "The point was to get people to understand that drug harm can be equal to harms in other parts of life. There is not much difference between horse riding and Ecstasy."
The professor said equasy – short for equine addiction syndrome – caused more than 100 deaths a year.
He adds: "This attitude raises the critical question of why society tolerates – indeed encourages – certain forms of potentially harmful behaviour but not others such as drug use."
Ecstasy use is linked to about 30 deaths a year, up from 10 a year in the early 1990s. Fatalities are caused by massive organ failure from overheating or the effects of drinking too much water.
Quite. Not really all that much to add to that, is there?