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Paul Stokes appointed to government drugs advisory panel



Dr Paul Stokes, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Mood Disorders at the IoPPN has been appointed as a new member of the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the body which makes recommendations to government on the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs.

“I’m delighted to be appointed to the ACMD,” said Dr Stokes. “The committee plays a key role in advising the government on national drug policy and I am looking forward to working with colleagues from across the UK to contribute to this important work.” 

A further six experts were appointed, including Professor David Taylor, Director of Pharmacy and Pathology at the Maudsley Hospital, and professor of psychopharmacology at King’s College London.

The new appointees have expertise covering pharmacology, pharmacy, and health economics have been recruited to help deliver the ACMD’s ongoing work. The three-year appointments were approved by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

The Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, said “I am delighted to welcome the new members to the ACMD. Their depth of expertise will ensure the Council provides the best advice on the harms of drug misuse and I look forward to working with each of them.”


For further media information please contact: Robin Bisson, Senior Press Officer, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, / +44 20 7848 5377 / +44 7718 697176.