Airdate: Science of Drugs with Richard Roxburgh

On Tuesday ABC premieres Science of Drugs with Richard Roxburgh.

Presented by Richard Roxburgh this four-part series is drug science without the politics. Featuring interviews with the top international researchers, this is an in-depth examination of our most common licit and illicit substances.

Episode one, Legal and Lethal, unpacks the science of our two most deadly and commonly used legal drugs – tobacco and alcohol. Together they take around ten million lives each year. But smoking wasn’t always as deadly; as science historian Professor Robert Proctor reveals, the modern cigarette has a fascinating history – which is key to understanding how our nicotine habit transformed into such a lethal addiction.

In the UK, government drug advisor Professor David Nutt was famously fired for claiming that ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol. In this episode we discover why he considers alcohol to be the most harmful drug in society today.

Production credit: Presented by Richard Roxburgh. Series Writer/Director: Anja Taylor. Executive Producers: Kate Pappas and Alan Erson. Produced by WildBear Entertainment in association with Australian Broadcasting Corporation. ABC Head of Factual and Culture: Jennifer Collins. ABC Executive Producer: Leo Faber.

9:30pm Tuesday on ABC.

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