University of Leicester hosts former government advisor on drugs policy

Posted by er134 at Nov 19, 2013 12:18 PM |
Renowned drugs expert David Nutt to discuss ‘Drugs Without the Hot Air’ on Wednesday 20 November 2013

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 19 November 2013

The University of Leicester is to host a public lecture by Professor David Nutt, former Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

His talk, Drugs Without the Hot Air, will be hosted by the Department of Criminology as part of its Scarman Lecture series, starting at 5.15pm on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

Professor Nutt aims to present the issue of drugs in an objective light, free from the often reactionary opinions and misconceptions surrounding them.

The lecture will also discuss the troubling questions hanging over the issue of regulating drugs, including alcohol and tobacco: including how we go about regulation in light of rising healthcare costs from misuse and the proliferation of synthetic agents bought and sold over the internet.

He will address the impact of the law to impede research and treatment innovation, and present new analyses that compare the harms of drugs and alcohol using more sophisticated methodology, challenging many of the current misconceptions about drugs – their harms – and how to deal with them.

Professor Nutt spent ten years with the government’s Advisory Council of the Misuse of Drugs, before being sacked in 2011—and will draw on this experience for the lecture.

Professor Adrian Beck, Head of the Department of Criminology, said: “The Department is delighted to be welcoming Professor Nutt to the University of Leicester to deliver one of our prestigious Scarman Lectures.

“Professor Nutt has an international reputation and his lecture will, I'm sure, be of considerable interest to staff and students across the University as well as interested members of the public.”

Professor David Nutt is currently Edmund J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology at Imperial College London, where he conducts research into the be mechanisms of addiction and the effects of drugs on be function.

He is currently the Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs. He broadcasts widely, including on the Life Scientific on BBC Radio 4, Ecstasy Live on Channel 4, and the BBC Horizon programme. In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine voted him one of the 100 most important figures in British Science, and the only psychiatrist in the list.

Professor David Nutt’s talk, Drugs Without the Hot Air, will take place at the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre in the Henry Wellcome Building at the University of Leicester, at 5.15pm on Wednesday 20 November 2013.

The talk is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a wine reception with the opportunity to speak to Professor Nutt.

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For more information contact:

Russell Knifton, Marketing and Admissions Administrator, at crimadmiss@le.ac.uk

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