Days after Alan Johnson announced a ban on the former legal high mephedrone another member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has stepped down, bringing the total to seven since Professor Nutt’s dismissal.

Another expert has quit over a ban on the legal high, mephedrone.

A few days ago Dr Polly Taylor, the veterinary expert on the ACMD panel stepped down saying that laws shouldn’t reflect the media’s mood of the day.

Despite the panel being short of the veterinary expert it required Alan Johnson went ahead with a ban saying that he had taken advice from the ACMD.

Today Eric Carlin who is also the Chair of the English Drug Education Forum announced he is quitting the council. He reproduced his resignation letter on his blog, in it he wrote:

“We had little or no discussion about how our commendation to classify this drug would be likely to impact on young people’s behaviour. Our decision was unduly based on media and political pressure.”

The council, which only contains 23 members has lost seven since Professor Nutt’s dismissal.

After the deaths of two teenagers who had taken mephedrone there were calls to ban the drug.

The ACMD needed to collect and analyse research before giving the government advice. Eric Carlin’s resignation does little to reassure the public that the government took advice from scientific evidence and not the media.

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