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Professor David Nutt (Neuropsychopharmacologist, Imperial College London) discusses the classification of legal and illegal drugs, and whether or not science has enough of an input into current drug policy. 

He is introduced by Dr David Misselbrook, Dean of the Royal Society of Medicine.

This lecture was filmed at an event called: 'Addiction'.

RSM Event Description:

"Addiction to Class A drugs is not going to go away. The problems appear to be becoming more complex, or at least we are coming to a more sophisticated understanding of how many different parts of the problem interact. Practitioners in this area need to use increasingly complex models of the multidimensional nature of their patients' problems. Furthermore there are many new developments within the field. The aim of the meeting is to examine current trends in Class A drug abuse in the UK, to improve multidisciplinary working and to improve treatment available to patient groups."

Date of lecture: 25th May 2010

PLEASE NOTE: The views expressed in this video are those of Professor David Nutt and do not represent the views of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Length: 00:28:14

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