Ten years of ‘independence’ in drug policy advice

Ten years after Professor David Nutt was sacked as chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), I resigned from it.

How far have we come in those ten years in achieving an evidence-informed drug policy, and in protecting the independence of scientific advice?

The short answer is: not very far at all....

Alex Stevens
11 October 2019

Looking back on the establishment of Drug Science

I first came across David Nutt in July 2007, when he spoke at a conference called ‘Criminal Justice and Social Justice’, which the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies held at King’s College London. David spoke on the subject of ‘Why adopt a harm approach in relation to drugs?’.

Here was someone, I thought at the time, who was deeply serious about his work, without taking himself too seriously. His considered, evidenced and accessible explanation of a science-informed...

Richard Garside
5 October 2019
Professor David Nutt

An evening with David Nutt

Our latest event - an evening with David Nutt - is on 30 October. The event is being held ten years to the day that Professor Nutt was fired from his role as chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs for standing for drugs policies grounded in science and evidence.

4 September 2019