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Brain science, addiction and drugs

Working group and public dialogue exploring issues around three types of substance: illegal and legal ‘recreational’ drugs; medicines for mental health; and ‘cognition enhancers’

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In 2006 the UK Government asked the Academy to undertake an independent review of the issues raised in the Foresight report, ‘Drugs Futures 2025?’

In response the Academy convened a working group to consider, in consultation with experts and the public, issues around three types of substance: illegal and legal ‘recreational’ drugs; medicines for mental health; and a category of substances termed ‘cognition enhancers’ that might enhance the performance of the ‘healthy’ brain in specific ways, such as enhancing short term memory or speed of thought.

A report of the study was published in 2008 which included recommendations for public policy and future research needs.

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