Equasy — An overlooked addiction with implications for the current debate on drug harms

  title={Equasy — An overlooked addiction with implications for the current debate on drug harms},
  author={D. J. Nutt},
  journal={Journal of Psychopharmacology},
  pages={3 - 5}
  • D. Nutt
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Psychopharmacology
The regulation of illicit drugs in the UK is via the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act [MDAct]. That of legal drugs is via the Medicines Act if they have clinical utility or via trade regulations in the case of tobacco, alcohol, food supplements and vitamins. When a new drug comes along and concerns are expressed about potential harm, its status is reviewed in the UK by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs [ACMD] which has a statutory duty to advise the UK government on the harms and risks so… 

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