Debate the balance of harmBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39402.509826.BE (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1060
- Stephen Black, management consultant
- London SW1 9SR
Any resolution of the debate should focus on the balance of harm.1 2 But neither side has defined what evidence could or should be brought to bear on this. Here are two areas where a clearer focus on evidence might move the debate forward.
Clearly, being addicted to a drug is harmful, but would it be more harmful if the person …