Centre for Addiction Research public lecture: Drugs without the hot air: A proper assessment of drug harms and their relative dangers Event as iCalendar

06 December 2013

6 - 7pm

Venue: Seminar Room 503-028, Building 503, 85 Park Road, Grafton

Drugs, including alcohol and tobacco products, are a major cause of harms to individuals and society.

In 2010, Professor David Nutt convened a panel of experts with specialist knowledge on the pharmacological, psychological, social and legal aspects of drug harms to rate each of the 20 most commonly used drugs in the UK today, in terms of harm to self and harm to others.

In this presentation, Professor Nutt will share findings from this assessment, as well as from his recent book Drugs without the hot air: minimising the harms of legal and illegal drugs (2012). He will also present new analyses that compare the relative physical, psychological and social harms of cannabis and alcohol, the two most widely used intoxicant drugs.

He will discuss the increasing need for a coherent, evidence-based drugs policy that enables individuals to make informed decisions about the consequences of their drug use.

Speaker: Professor David Nutt, Imperial College London, UK

A psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist specialising in the research of drugs that affect the brain, David Nutt is the Edmond J Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and Head of the Centre for Neuropsychopharmacology in the Division of Brain Sciences, Department of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London.

He is currently Chair of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and Past-President of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP), Vice-President of the European Brain Council and President of the British Neuroscience Association. He has published over 400 original research papers, a similar number of reviews and books chapters, eight government reports on drugs and 27 books, including most recently Drugs Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs (2012).

In 2010 The Times Eureka science magazine included him in the 100 most important figures in British Science, and the only psychiatrist.