We will not shy from speaking our minds.

Drug Science was formed by a committee of scientists with a passionate belief that the pursuit of knowledge should remain free of all political and commercial interest.

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Our Story

Founded in 2010 by Professor David Nutt following his removal from his post as Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Drug Science is the only completely independent, science-led drugs charity, uniquely bringing together leading drugs experts from a wide range of specialisms to carry out groundbreaking research into drug harms and effects.

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Trustworthiness

We are the reliable source of competent, honest and consistent information on drugs, based on the most up to date, unbiased scientific evidence.

Collaboration

As a multidisciplinary body we pride ourselves in collaboration, recognising that innovation happens when diverse disciplines converge.

Courage

We will not shy from speaking our minds, putting the health and well-being of society at the forefront of everything we say.

Excellence

We conduct world class scientific research and make it accessible to all.

Independence

Our work is impartial, free from political or commercial influence.

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Our Mission

To provide an evidence base free from political or commercial influence, creating the foundation for sensible and effective drug laws. Equipping the public, media and policy makers with the knowledge and resources to enact positive change.

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Our Vision

To see a world where drug control is rational and evidence-based; where drug use is better informed and drug users are understood; where drugs are used to heal not harm

Meet the Committee

Our success is down to our expert scientific committee, who have dedicated their careers to the development of a scientific evidence base for sensible drug policy reform.

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Professor David Nutt

Chair of the Scientific Committee

Steve Rolles

Steve Rolles

Transform Drug Policy Foundation

Val Curran

Professor Val Curran

Psychopharmacology UCL

Jo Neill

Professor Jo Neill

University of Manchester

Adam Winstock

Adam Winstock

Addiction Specialist UCL

Niamh Eastwood

Niamh Eastwood

Executive Director of Release

Polly Taylor

Dr Polly Taylor

Anaesthesia Cambridge University

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Graeme Henderson

Pharmacology Bristol University

John Marsden

Dr John Marsden

Psychiatry, King’s College London

Tim Williams

Dr Tim Williams

Psychiatry, Bristol University

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Professor Ilina Singh

Science, Ethics & Society, KCL

Roland Archer

Dr Roland Archer

Illicit Drug Manufacture Expert

Steve Bazire

Professor Stephen Bazire, MBE

 MBE, Services to Pharmacy

John Ramsey

Dr John Ramsey

Toxicologist, Director TICTAK

Ian Millar

Ian Millar

Lived Experience, Pathways

Fiona Measham

Professor Fiona Measham

Director, The Loop. Durham University

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Professor Colin Drummond, OBE

OBE Services to Technology and Innovation

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Brigitta Brandner

Anaesthesia and Pain Management at ULHT

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Professor Barry Everitt FRS

 Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge

Simon Brandt

Dr Simon Brandt

Bioactive Drug Chemistry, Liverpool John Moores University

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Dr Dima Abdulrahim

NHS Foundation Trust, NEPTUNE

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Dr Stephen Willot

GP, Nottingham City Council Clinical Lead for Alcohol & Substance Misuse

Patrick Hargreave

Patrick Hargreaves

Drugs and Alcohol Adviser, Department for Education and Home Office

Meet the Team

Our dedicated multi-disciplinary team with expertise spanning research, policy, technology, management, finance and growth.

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Anna Rickman

CMO

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David Badcock

CEO

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Anne Schlag

Head of Research

Oli Stevens

Communications Manager

Pallab Seth

Managing Editor Drug Science Journal