Independent review of drugs part 2 - Drug Science submission overview

On 8 February 2019, Professor Dame Carol Black was appointed to lead a major 2-part review¬†that will look into the ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence and at treatment, recovery and prevention. This call for evidence is part of the information-gathering phase of part 2 of the review. Today, Drug Science has submitted  …


Prescribed CBD could help people quit cannabis

A benchmark clinical trial published today shows that cannabidiol (CBD) could be a safe and effective treatment for problematic cannabis use.¬† Results from the first-ever randomised clinical trial of CBD for cannabis use disorder suggests that prescribed doses of the non-intoxicating constituent part of the cannabis plant could help people kick the habit. In the  …


Addiction Psychiatry in the NHS in the Time of Coronavirus

By Dr Tracey Myton MRCPsych Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust   March 2020 seems like a lifetime ago. Coronavirus came nearer and nearer and was viewed with varying degrees of gravity whilst we went about our daily business. In mid-March we were called to seriously consider how our services should  …


Parliamentary briefing on tackling the misuse of Nitrous Oxide

This Parliamentary briefing has been prepared by DrugScience, The Global Drug Survey, Release and Transform Drug Policy Foundation.   Recreational use of nitrous oxide Nitrous oxide is a gas that was discovered in the late 1800s by UK scientists Priestley and Davy, the latter being President of the Royal Society. At the time nitrous oxide  …


Letter to the Home Office - Supply of controlled drugs

The Home Secretary has this week amended the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, providing Ministers with emergency powers concerning the supply of controlled drugs such as morphine in specified circumstances during a pandemic. Ministers now have the option to trigger additional flexibilities during the covid-19 pandemic, such as allowing pharmacies to supply controlled medication without  …