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HTH 378 The Use and Effects of Drugs

Debating the Use and Effect of Drugs

There are a variety of different factors to consider when evaluating the use and effect of drugs.  This table provides one example of the complex chain of possible evaluation criteria when evaluating legal and illegal drug use.  This course guide will walk you through some other criteria evaluation components and resources to find the best evidence to support your position in the debate.

Evaluation criteria organised by harms to users and harms to others, and clustered under physical, psychological, and social effects

Nutt, D.J., King, L.A., & Phillips, L.D. (2010). Drug harms in the UK: a multicriteria decision analysis. The Lancet, 376(9752), 1558-1565. doi: