Short Fiction

Be careful what you put in your mouth

This week, another short story inspired by the Brainstormer. In a spooky halloweeny coincidence, the words it gave me were Conflict with a God, cannibal, and general store. The ‘general store’ morphed into Harrods along the way – poetic license? Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy Prey.

If you’ve followed my rants, you may be interested in an update on Drugs aren’t bad, mmmkay?, in which I argue for a  more rational approach to drug policy. During the week the Lancet medical journal published a paper by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs, which shows that alcohol is more harmful than heroin or crack. You can read a good summary on Mark Easton’s blog. One of the members of the ISCD is Professor David Nutt, who was sacked from the government’s so-called Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs because he criticised them for ignoring the committee’s advise on marijuana. Nutt cops a fair bit of flack from some proponents of drug liberalisation but I see him as a rare voice of reason in this over-heated debate.

Have a great week, everyone.

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