David Nutt

When evidence and politics collide: The David Nutt affair

On 14 September, 2015, the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies hosted a roundtable meeting where we heard from Dr Deborah Drake (The Open University) and Professor Reece Walters (Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane).

They discussed their research into the David Nutt affair. Drawing on interviews conducted with many of the key players, they conclude that high-stakes political issues can open up unprecedented opportunities for critical voices to engage in unbridled critique and to mobilise movements of dissent.

Statement by Professor David Nutt on calls to ban mephedrone

Responding to calls by the National Association of Headteachers for mephedrone to be banned, Professor David Nutt, chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) said:

'I support the Home Secretary's position that a rush into classifying mephedrone is premature. Such decisions need to be based on sound science. Some previously reported mephedrone deaths have also turned out to be false alarms.

Estimating drug harms: a risky business?

Alcohol probably poses the biggest drugs harm challenge today, according to a new briefing from the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies. In Estimating drug harms: a risky business, Professor David Nutt, of Imperial College London argues that the relative harms of legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are greater than those of a number of illegal drugs, including cannabis, LSD and ecstasy.

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