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A government adviser has quit the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs over the criminalisation of mephedrone.

Eric Carlin said the council's decision taken earlier this week was "unduly based on media and political pressure".

Mr Carlin is the latest member of the body to resign following the sacking of former chairman Professor David Nutt.

The council has recommended that the substance, linked to at least four UK deaths, and other so-called "legal highs" be classified as Class B drugs.

Young people

Mr Carlin said he was increasingly disillusioned with the lack of attention paid by politicians and the media to drug prevention and early intervention among young people.

He also criticised the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs's (ACMD) "apparent lack of interest in the subject".

In his resignation letter to Home Secretary Alan Johnson, Mr Carlin wrote: "We had little or no discussion about how our recommendation to classify this drug would be likely to impact on young people's behaviour.

"Our decision was unduly based on media and political pressure."

He added: "As well as being extremely unhappy with how the ACMD operates, I am not prepared to continue to be part of a body which, as its main activity, works to facilitate the potential criminalisation of increasing numbers of young people."

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That's the majority of the original group that has resigned now?

Government stays failing, bowing to media pressure and burying their heads in the sand

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mumsy knows david nutt

says he stinks

this goovernmant is a disgrace the way it has treated highly regarded members of the scientific community

cheap points scoring in banning this substance...

yet alchohol is freely avalible and taxed to thehilt ... its a farce

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good on the guys resigning. whats that 6 or 7 now? govt making a mockery of expert bodies

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i swear this must b the only govt agency where there has been several ppl who have integrity.

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the whole thing is a farce

i'm surprised the manufacturers of methedrone haven't hired lobbyists to at least do something

why don't the media use their influence for something like lowering the price of petrol or bottles of rose. sh*t that has a benefit for people

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in all honesty class b is justifiable for meph, it's a dirty drug tbh

pure mdma >>>>>>>

this new wave is all the government's fault tho, if they still allowed safrole to be imported then the PIFF dizz would still be around and these butters substitutes wouldn't be required

there is still lil point criminalizing as another RC will come to the surface, the media and gov are ultimately adding fuel to the fire, if they ignored meph the hype would eventually fizzle out with the usage dropping significantly. All this hoopla is just making those who would not have heard of the substance more curious about trying it

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