It is a great pleasure to announce the launch of The Drug Science Podcast.
As you well know, Drug Science exists to campaign for a more rational, evidence-based approach to drug policy and drug use. It is frustrating to say the least that still, in the 21st century, the debate on drugs, both legal and illegal, is coloured by political and moral concerns, and often ignores the evidence. Through this podcast, we hope to further contribute to raising the profile of science and lived experience in public discourse, providing information on the actual harms and potential benefits of various drugs, challenging the myths that surround classification and legislation, and exploring the societal impact of drug policy that does not reflect the truth about drugs.
In each episode, Professor David Nutt explores themes from alcohol and addition, drug testing and harm reduction, cannabis, drug policy and the therapeutic use of psychedelics together with experts such as Dr Christian Jessen, Professor Fiona Measham ,and Dr Suzi Gage, as well as people with lived experience, such as Adrian Chiles, Joss Stone, Janine Milburn, and Hannah Deacon.
The scientific evidence often challenges perceived wisdom on drugs and for that reason can appear to be contentious, but we must continue to strive for a change in thinking through improved public literacy in critical and scientific thinking around drugs. Using evidence in public policy should not be controversial. Thank you for listening, thinking, and joining the debate on these issues, and in so doing, supporting this mission.
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Listen now on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Spotify, coming soon to Overcast and Google Podcasts.
Episode 1 – Alcohol: the good, the bad, the alternative:
Professor David Nutt, Doctor Christian Jessen and Adrian Chiles in a wide-ranging, frank and open conversation on the topic of alcohol – exploring such topics as their own relationship with alcohol, a ‘healthy’ amount of units a week, binge vs regular drinking, self-medication, health and social ‘benefits’ and harms, the hypocrisy of current regulation, David’s invention of a calorie free, non-toxic synthetic alcohol, and whether or not any of us would want to live in a world where no one drank.
Dr Christian is and award winning TV presenter and medical doctor. His main aim is to help raise medical awareness and simplify, demystify de-stigmatise and explain the sometimes complicated and inaccessible world of medicine to the public. @DoctorChristian
Adrian Chiles is a radio & TV presenter. In his 2018 BBC documentary ‘Drinkers like me’ Adrian takes a long hard look at his own love of boozing.
Drug Science is the leading independent scientific body on drugs in the UK. We work to provide clear, evidence-based information without political or commercial interference.