Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Drugs policy crisis rumbles on

Three more independent advisers have quit following governmental interference in the running of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and the sacking of its chair, Professor David Nutt. This is now a total of five that have gone, basically because Alan Johnson as Home Secretary couldn't stomach scientists disagreeing with his predetermined and evidence-blind policy on drugs. I wonder if a more plyable set of experts will step up to the plate or whether we'll see a U-turn?

P.S. It's well worth checking out Ben Goldacre's Bad Science blog (and now book) on the issue of how the media and politicians misuse science around drugs policy. I'm just finishing the book at the moment and it's a very witty expose of exactly how poorly served we are by newspapers and television on science issues.

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