Groundhog decade not brave new world

Author: David J Nutt Published: January 6, 2020 Foreword by Professor David Nutt - "I was removed from my position as Chief Advisor of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) in October 2009. A decade later, UK drug policy has done nothing but go backwards. We are currently in a worse position  …

The Drug Science Podcast Episode #5 - Psychedelics

On the 13th of November 2019, the Drug Science podcast celebrated the end of its first season with a special LIVE two-part recording on psychedelics. Part 1 – Psychedelics in medicine The world is entering a new phase of psychiatric treatments. Traditional pharmacology is currently unable to address the decline of mental health and wellbeing.  …


The vaping crisis - Questions and answers by Clive Bates 

Foreword by Professor David Nutt Lies, damn lies and vaping statistics- To paraphrase Disraeli’s famous critique of statistics the so-called science of vaping now seems to have become even worse than dishonest. In the past 6 months we have seen across the world a deliberate attempt to mislead the public over the harms of vaping  …


UK General Election 2019 - Political party positions on drugs

With the 2019 general election fast approaching, a lot of media coverage will focus on each party’s Brexit policies. Drug Science would like to offer a different perspective, what do the six highest polling parties promise to do to address the UK’s failing drug policy. This is what each party has publicly announced relating to  …


The human rights of people who use drugs must be defended

The Lancet has recently published a series of articles about drug use. More specifically, the use of opioids, cannabinoids, stimulants, and new psychoactive substances (NPS). One of these articles highlights an increasingly relevant issue of international drug policy. This comment titled Change But Not Progression, emphasises that Governments around the world continue to pedal policies  …


The Drug Science Podcast Episode #4 - Addiction

The latest episode of The Drug Science Podcast – Addiction, is out now. Professor David Nutt sits down with Mark Johnson and Ian Miller to discuss the science, and challenge the concept, of addiction. Why do some people become ‘addicted’ to drugs and others do not? Is addiction physical or psychological? Should drug and alcohol services  …


The Drug Science Podcast Episode #3 - Medicinal Cannabis

The latest episode of The Drug Science Podcast, Medicinal Cannabis is out now. Professor David Nutt sits down with Joss Stone, Suzi Gage & Hannah Deacon to discuss the recent progress and biggest issues relating to medicinal cannabis. Many people up and down the country have turned to cannabis to alleviate pain & reduce symptoms of  …


The Drug Science Podcast Episode #2 - Drug Testing at Festivals

The latest episode of The Drug Science Podcast, Drug Testing at Festivals, is out now. Professor David Nutt sits down with Fiona Measham, Anna Wade & Janine Milburn for an in depth look into why drug testing is so vital at festivals and beyond. Topics discussed include; Janine's views following her daughters accidental overdose, how drug  …

Drug Science is Hiring - Communications Director

Job brief We are looking for a Communications Director to join our core team. We are in an exciting stage of growth as an organisation, one that will reward initiative and a growth mindset with opportunities for fast career development. We are looking for a talented communicator who thrives off translating the scientific evidence-base for  …


Press Release: Government decision on cannabis-related medicinal products draws criticism from independent scientific body, Drug Science.

Today (13th August 2019), the independent scientific body Drug Science has responded with disappointment to a decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), relating to cannabis-related medical products. In November 2018, the then Home Secretary Sajid Javid introduced regulations so that cannabis-derived medicinal products would be available on prescription. This change  …