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“Absurd” rules are hampering research into controlled drugs, says former drugs adviser

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2210 (Published 08 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2210
  1. Krishna Chinthapalli
  1. 1BMJ

All NHS hospitals should be allowed to hold all controlled drugs and use them for clinical research, according to the former chair of the government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

David Nutt, who is now professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London and president of the British Neuroscience Association, spoke about barriers to research into illicit drugs, following on from his criticisms last year.1 At a press briefing on 5 April, ahead of the British Neuroscience Association Festival of Neuroscience on 7-10 April, he said that currently only four hospitals in the UK may hold and administer Schedule 1 controlled drugs.

Under the Misuse of Drugs …

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