Professor Les Iverson, Interim chair, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs gave a superb interview on Today this morning, just before 8am. He’s right, drug policy shouldn’t be knee jerk, but it should take account of what we know about groups of drugs as there is no way the law can keep up with all the emerging ‘legal’ highs.

We should also remember that suppliers are not trustworthy types, and the potential for contamination of products is limitless. Some of the contaminants, such as this case of a mix with manganese, have led to permanent neurological impairment. The message to the public needs to be clear, which is why we support a ‘class D’ catagory to send this message that this drug has been noted, research is underway, in the meantime it’s illegal.

We also agree however that it would be worth revisiting the classification system, not because we are certain that it needs to change, but because a review would be the chance to reassert to the public the threat to their safety, wellbeing, livelihood, family and future that drug-taking represents.


About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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