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Health: Drugs

Volume 708: debated on Monday 2 March 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what action will be taken following the claim in the Daily Mail of Professor David Nutt, chairman of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, that “taking ecstasy is no more risky than riding a horse”. [HL1395]

As stated in the other place on Monday 9 February, my right honourable friend the Home Secretary spoke to Professor David Nutt, Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, to express her considerable concern about his recent article published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology. Professor Nutt apologised for these comments and at my right honourable friend's request, subsequently issued a public apology for any offence the article may have caused and to those who have lost friends and family due to ecstasy misuse.