Friday, 2 April 2010

Another Government Drug Advisor Quits

There is something to be said about the Labour parties drug policies it sure can empty a room. Eric Carlin is the latest member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to resign over the Government either not waiting or overlooking scientific evidence on which to base its judgement.
In his resignation letter he says:
"Our decision [on Mephedrone] was unduly based on media and political pressure. The report was tabled to the whole council for the first time on Monday; the chair came to brief you before the whole council had even discussed all of the report. In fact, I still haven't seen the final version."
He says that there is a need to stop harming those who misuse drugs who are in need of help and support adding in relation to the earlier evacuation of the room by many of his colleagues over the sacking of Professor Nutt:

"At the end of last year, I decided not to resign over the sacking of David Nutt, preferring instead to see how things panned out and to hope that the ACMD could develop a work programme which would help prevent and reduce harm, particularly to young people.

"I have no confidence that this will now happen, largely though not totally due to the lack of logic of the context within which the council is constrained to operate by the Misuse of Drugs Act."

You have to ask what is the point of this Labour Government appointing experts in their field as advisors if you aren't prepared to listen and then act upon that advise? The baying to the Daily Mail readers that Labour has done has clearly deflated the integrity of ACMD further with another expert stepping down.

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