How to Formulate Drug Policies and Provide Evidence-Based Regulation

Authors: Steve Rolles, David Nutt & Anne Schlag Published: April 7, 2021 How do we end the war on drugs? With mounting evidence continuing to expose the failure of the war on drugs, more governments around the world are opening their eyes to consider alternative drug policies. But which drug policy reforms are the best  …

An unholy triangle? Evidence, politics and uncertainty in drug policy

Professor Nutt’s talk explores the contributions of politics and science to decision making about alcohol and other drugs. Professor Nutt reveals how evidential uncertainties are used to strengthen the political rhetoric and how this process has led to the denial of clinical research and utility to the great detriment of millions of people for many  …


How has COVID-19 affected drug use?

COVID-19 has changed our lives: from travel bans, social and physical isolation and empty cities to workers laid off and governments scrambling to muster effective responses. The impact that coronavirus has had on people varies widely and differently between countries. Relationships may be placed under new stresses and for those educating children at home, long  …


Putting UK Drug Policy into Focus

Commentary on the short film ‘Putting UK Drug Policy into Focus’ and reflections on the morality of a criminal justice approach to drugs A short film has been produced that explores some of the misconceptions fuelling the propagation of punitive drug policy, and what an alternative approach to drugs might look like. For a full  …


#24 - The War on Drugs

This week, Professor Nutt speaks to journalist Johann Hari about the ‘war on drugs’. It is now widely accepted that the ‘war on drugs’ has failed, with many people believing it can never succeed. Despite this, politicians from around the world continue to follow this mantra as an effective strategy to reduce drug-related harms. The  …