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Sacked adviser sets up new group to present scientific evidence on drugs

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c317 (Published 18 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c317
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    Members of the government’s advisory body on drugs who resigned in the aftermath of its chairman’s sacking last October have joined him to set up a new group to inform the public on the scientific knowledge about drugs. The group, they say, will be “unfettered by political interference.”

    Speaking last week at a press conference to launch the new group, David Nutt, chairman of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and former chairman of the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), said, “I feel quite liberated now that I can say things without thinking what implications that may have. What we need to do first is develop the science which has gone into abeyance since the ACMD disbanded.”

    The group will present the …

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