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Letters European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has a vital role in the UK’s ability to respond to illicit drugs and organised crime

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 26 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4003
  1. Andres Roman-Urrestarazu, Gillings fellow in global public health1,
  2. Roy Robertson, professor of addiction medicine2,
  3. Justin Yang, PhD student1,
  4. Alison McCallum, director3,
  5. Christina Gray, chair4,
  6. Martin McKee, professor of European public health5,
  7. John Middleton, president6
  1. 1Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0SR, UK
  2. 2Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3Public Health and Health Policy, NHS Lothian
  4. 4Faculty of Public Health Special Interest Group for Mental Health
  5. 5London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
  6. 6Faculty of Public Health, London, UK
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Much attention has been devoted to the consequences of the European Medicines Agency’s departure from London because of Brexit.12 Yet exclusion from other EU agencies, including the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), will also have serious consequences for public health in the United Kingdom.

Founded in 1993 in Lisbon,3 the EMCDDA derives its mandate from Regulation (EC) No 1920/20063, which involves surveillance, establishing best practice, facilitating exchange of knowledge and data, providing leadership on new psychoactive substances, and assisting with policy making in countries and in the EU. By adopting certain “red lines,” including oversight by the Court of Justice of the European Union, the UK will exclude itself from full membership.34

The EMCDDA has provided the EU and its member states with accurate and timely intelligence and evidence based overviews of the European drug landscape …

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