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Monday, October 13th, 2008 Downgrade or not to Downgrade

Are we just diluting our grading system when it comes to classification of illegal drugs? According to the BBC who report that the body that advises the government on illegal drugs is meeting to discuss whether ecstasy should be downgraded from a Class A drug to Class B.

Incoming head Prof David Nutt has said ecstasy is less harmful than cocaine or heroin and should be reclassified. On that basis why are senior police officers writing to The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs urging it to leave ecstasy as a Class A drug?

As part of the discussions, panel members will consider the submission from the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo), stating that transferring ecstasy to class B would send out an “unfortunate message”.

A Home Office spokesman said the government firmly believed ecstasy should remain a Class A drug. An estimated. Over 250,000 people in England and Wales take ecstasy every month. About 50 deaths a year involve the use of ecstasy.

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