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Drug policy in UK has regressed in past decade, says former chief adviser

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 31 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6323
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

The UK’s drugs policy has “gone backwards” in the past 10 years, representing a “litany of failure,” a former chief adviser to the government has said.

David Nutt was speaking at an event to mark the 10th anniversary of his dismissal as chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. Nutt, professor of neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, was sacked after stating that ecstasy and LSD were less dangerous than alcohol.1

His dismissal led to several other council members resigning and …

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