Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse

  title={Development of a rational scale to assess the harm of drugs of potential misuse},
  author={D. Nutt and L. King and William Saulsbury and C. Blakemore},
  journal={The Lancet},
  • D. Nutt, L. King, +1 author C. Blakemore
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine
  • The Lancet
  • Drug misuse and abuse are major health problems. [...] Key Method We developed and explored the feasibility of the use of a nine-category matrix of harm, with an expert delphic procedure, to assess the harms of a range of illicit drugs in an evidence-based fashion. We also included five legal drugs of misuse (alcohol, khat, solvents, alkyl nitrites, and tobacco) and one that has since been classified (ketamine) for reference. The process proved practicable, and yielded roughly similar scores and rankings of…Expand Abstract
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