Just as I complain about the ‘tabloidisation’ of the public discourse about drugs, classification and the ACMD, a colleague has alerted me to David Nutt’s article in ‘The Sun’ – yes, ‘The Sun’ – from last week. In this, he puts forward his case for funding to develop ‘synthetic alcohol’.
According to Professor Nutt, “selling the substance would be difficult. It would be classified as a drug and would fall foul of drug laws.”
Well of course it would be classified as a drug. Alcohol is a drug.
David Nutt is effectively proposing developing a new synthetic recreational drug; presumably he calls it ‘synthetic alcohol’ to differentiate it from the other synthetic drugs on the market, such as ecstasy, spice, or acid. However, this drug would be “high quality” and “safe”.
No prizes for the most obvious Sun-type retort, I’m not going there. However, as we’re having a tabloid discussion, let me shift somewhat into the correct language – What tosh! Wake up mate!
There is no such thing as a safe drug and we humans will never all be sensible in the way we use them. By labelling this as ‘synthetic alcohol’ presumably the intention is to make it more acceptable to ‘The Sun’ readers. It would be more useful to have a proper public discussion about why our society regards some drugs – the legal ones – as good and others – the illegal ones – as bad.
David’s article in ‘The Sun’ finishes “Hopefully in the future people will raise a toast over my grave with a glass of synthetic booze.”
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