Drug Science gives evidence to the Health and Social Care Committee drugs policy inquiry

The UK Government Health and Social Committee invited submissions to review the current policy positions in the UK. Read Drug Science's written submission here, and watch the oral submissions given by several other leading UK drug policy and health organisations: Health and harms: What is the extent of health harms resulting from drug use? Prevention  …

Why medical cannabis is still out of patients’ reach—an essay by David Nutt

Cannabis is arguably the world’s oldest medicine, with evidence of such use from 3000 year old tombs in Egypt and Siberia. It had a place in Indian and Chinese medical writing from nearly as long ago. It didn’t enter the UK until the late 1600s, but by the 1800s it was widely used, sold over  …

DrugScience Symposium 'Cannabis medicines: from principle to practice. How can we maximise clinical research and benefits?'

Please download the conference background materials here, including: Meeting slides DrugScience report on medicinal cannabis DrugScience cannabis pre-review submitted to the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence Summaries of international and American medicinal cannabis licensing The Chief Medical Officer and advisor to the UK government has recently agreed that cannabis is a medicine. It has  …

ACMD advice on cannabis-derived medicinal products

On 11 September 2018, the ACMD published its Advice to the Home Secretary and to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. It is a constructive document that highlights a number of issues and problems that this commentator has raised for some time. In some respects the document is nuanced. Doubtless in the  …

South Africa decriminalises personal possession of cannabis

Prof David Nutt spent 10 days providing evidence to the South African courts in 2017 - he reflects on South Africa's positive decision to reform its cannabis laws. A great day for South Africa drug policy from DrugScience on Vimeo.         Related Content The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs 2020October 22  …

Harm Reduction in Public Policy - the UK and the US – A DrugScience evening reception at the House of Lords

On Wednesday 30 May 2018, DrugScience hosted an evening reception at the House of Lords, in partnership with Harm Reduction International. Sponsored by DrugScience trustee Lord Nick Rea, the evening featured presentations on the latest strategic approaches to reduce the negative consequences associated with risk behaviours and addiction, the challenging global funding environment for harm  …

Letter to The Times: Legalise medicinal cannabis

A letter to The Times from coalition of world-leading clinicians and academics, many of whom are DrugScience members, urging the government to legalise medical cannabis. Related Content New Zealand Cannabis Referendum 2020October 2 2020 Independent review of drugs part two - Drug Science submissionSeptember 3 2020 Parliamentary briefing on tackling the misuse of Nitrous OxideJuly  …