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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  …


When we waken from the COVID nightmare – what then?

For almost all of us, the current COVID-19 pandemic represents the first time we have been confronted with a personal and proximate threat to our lives. Accordingly, we have supported the current strategy of personal shut-downs, social distancing and health care ramp-ups to deal with the cases of acute severe infections. But at some point,  …


Drug Science and COVID-19

A note from our Founder – Professor David Nutt Though all the Drug Science team have been on lockdown work has gone on hardly interrupted via the internet and phones. The Twenty21 medical cannabis project has started doing clinical interviews via the internet and the importation arrangements continue to improve; we shall be making a  …


Society’s inconsistent moral judgements of potentially harmful activities

What do horse riding, motorsports, base jumping, mountain climbing, storm chasing, and drug use have in common? They are of all course all potentially dangerous activities pursued for a thrill, a rush, and often a great deal of enjoyment. But in our modern-day prohibitionist culture, one of those things is not seen as being like  …


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  …


The Cannabis Society: London Medical Cannabis Conference

Drug Science is delighted to support The Cannabis Society Medical Conference, being held on 24th June in Central London. The Cannabis Society is dedicated to fostering the cannabis community through events, conferences, dinners and much more. The conference is an opportunity to join with doctors from both Europe and North America, industry experts, investors and  …


The Unintended Consequences of Prohibitionist Policies - Mephedrone

Mephedrone is the common name for 4-methylmethcathinone. This is a synthetic derivative of cathinone, first synthesized in 1929, and largely forgotten until the early 2000s when Israeli scientists working for an insecticide company started experimenting with cathinones as octopamine analogues to disrupt the brain activity of aphids so make them less damaging to plants. Mephedrone  …


Groundhog decade not brave new world

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 now than we were 10 years ago. However,  …


THC vs Alcohol Impaired Driving

By Dr. Shanna Marrinan   Since the 2nd of March 2015, it has been illegal to drive with predetermined amounts of particular drugs (including legal medications) in your blood. The limits for these legal and illegal drugs can be located in ‘The Drug Driving (Specified Limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014’ (hereafter the 2014 regulations’). However, a handy  …


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  …