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'Hippy crack' less harmful than alcohol, claims expert

Jan 16, 2020 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

"HIPPY crack" is less dangerous than alcohol and "hysteria" led to the government ban, a former drugs adviser to the Home Office has said.

Prof David Nutt said the illegal substance nitrous oxide - also known as "laughing gas" - was far less toxic or addictive than wine or beer.

And he said that healthy consumption of alcohol amounted to sharing one glass of wine between three.

Prof Nutt was sacked in 2009 as the government's chief drug adviser a day after claiming that ecstasy...