Wow he must have been streched as far as ideas for his studies went. Compareing a drug to horse riding. HA. I wouldnt trust a word form his mouth if this is what he concludes from any studies he been doing on class A drugs. What a load of tripe.
Got to love the amount of money wasted on ridiculous "studies". The thousands of dollars that could be used for intelligent research and programs, what a waste.
There really are very few intelligent research studies &/or programs at the moment. The ones that are going on are incredibly simple and basic, all it teaches is anatomy and simple genetics. Makes me so angry :(
...That has to be the most insane thing I've ever heard. I just hope there aren't any parents out there who hate drugs and therefore hate horse riding because this idiot compared the two. It's a horrific analogy. He obviously hasn't got any brains whatsoever when it comes to explaining his studies to the public, and his scientific brains are under a ton of doubt.
Poor analogy based on nothing but numbers, which any scientist should know is rubbish. The type of risk and ability to manage it are totally different.
None of us would deny that horse riding is a dangerous sport. However, good riders try to manage and reduce that risk wherever reasonably possible - e.g. By wearing a helmet, assigning horses suitable to a rider's skills, and learning how to deal with a spooky or bolting horse. Drug dealers do not present the chemical content of their drugs in a clear form so that you can make a fully informed choice about getting high.
With regards to the comments about wasting money, though - I haven't read the study, but I doubt its brief was 'find out if ecstasy is more or less dangerous than horse riding'. I imagine that's just a comment the scientist has made in his discussion, and that the actual brief was something far more valuable, like investigating the effects and dangers of the drug.