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Professors Edwards and Strang win 1st prize BMA Book Awards 2010 Public Health Category: Drug Policy and the Public Good

11 October 2010

The British Medical Association has awarded first prize in the BMA Book Awards'   for the public health category to the recently published book ‘Drug Policy and the Public Good’.  'Drug Policy and the Public Good' was written by a 12 strong international team of addiction experts including Professors Griffith Edwards and John Strang, of the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.

Published by Oxford University Press, ‘Drug Policy and the Public Good’, provides up-to-date information for students and policy makers on drug misuse and the current policy on drugs internationally; as well as the epidemiology and international spread of addiction and effectiveness of current interventions.

The BMA Medical Book Awards, established in 1996, aim to encourage and reward excellence in medical publishing and to increase the quality of medical book publications.  It has 21 medical categories, for books published within the current year. Following an appraisal process examining accuracy, currency, originality, whether title meets audience needs and production quality, entries are then reviewed by a panel of experts to select the BMA Medical Book of the year.

Griffith Edwards is Professor Emeritus of Addiction Behaviour and a world expert in alcohol and drug addiction. He qualified in medicine in 1955, came to the Maudsley in 1959 as a Registrar, and has been on the Denmark Hill campus ever since. In 1967 he set up the Addiction Research Unit (funded by an Medical Research Council programme grant) which evolved into the National Addiction Centre.  He is adviser to governments throughout the world.

Professor Strang has been a Consultant Psychiatrist in the department of Addictions and the South London and Maudsley Trust for over thirty years. His particular area of expertise is heroin addiction. He is Head of Addictions Department at Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London and also Leader of the Addictions Clinical Academic Group of the King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

To hear Professor Strang critique the quality of drug service provision and oral methadone prescribing on the Film Exchange on Alcohol and Drugs (FEAD) website click here. For all of Professor Strang’s FEAD interviews click here.

Babor, T.F., Caulkins, J.P., Edwards, G., Fischer, B., Foxcroft, D.R., Humphreys, K., Obot, I.S., Rehm, J., Reuter, P., Room, R., Rossow, I., & Strang, J. (2009). Drug Policy and the Public Good. Oxford: Oxford  University Press

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