Thursday, August 23, 2012

At least we're talking about it.

It's an hour long, but if you haven't done much in the way of reading about David Nutt and the whole Drugs advisory committee saga in the UK from a year or so ago, then it's worth listening to. Professor Nutt is a neuropsychopharmacologist Bit of a mouthful I know. He was also the head of the UK's drug advisory committee who got fired after he came out publicly stating that cannabis and E and a whole bunch of other drugs that are currently illegal are, when you look at the evidence, significantly less harmful to both the individual and society than alcohol and tobacco. He provides a good overview of the saga on this science podcast from the Guardian. Near the end of it he is asked if he thinks there will ever be change, will be ever have evidence based drug policy aimed at reducing the harm to society? His answer is basically when we get the next generation of politicians. it might have been difficult even 10 years ago for him to be talking about drug policy reform. It's nice to see that things have changed sufficiently that we can at least talk about evidence based policy reform - still sad that we're not quite at the point of enacting it.

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