Hear scientist’s views on drugs at Manx Museum talk

Professor David Nutt

Professor David Nutt

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A leading scientist who was famously sacked for his views on illegal drugs will speak at the Manx Museum later this month.

Professor David Nutt will host a free talk entitled ‘The truth about drugs: a basis for a fair and rational policy?’ on Monday, April 28 from 7.30pm.

In 2009 he was dismissed from his role as chair of the UK government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs after comparing the harms of ecstasy with those of horse riding, and for publicly criticising the government for ignoring scientific advice when they reclassified cannabis from class C to a class B drug.

A question and answer session will follow the talk which is likely to include topics such as how harmful alcohol and tobacco are compared to illegal drugs, what should parents tell their children about drugs and at what age, and whether a criminal record can cause more harm to young people than smoking cannabis.

Nutt is Professor of Neuropsychopharmacolgy at Imperial College, President of the British Neuroscience Association and founded the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs charity.

His book Drugs Without the Hot Air received widespread acclaim.

He will also be appearing on Manx Radio from midday on Sunday, April 27 on the Sunday Opinion and Mannin Line programmes.

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