Drugs: Misuse

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Brian Jenkins Brian Jenkins Labour, Tamworth

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the relationship between ecstasy use and psychosis.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The Department keeps the evidence on the relationship between ecstasy use and psychosis under review and it has commissioned the National Addiction Centre to review the evidence of harms for the Department's publication, 'Dangerousness of Drugs (2001)', copies of which have already been placed in the Library. The Department has identified funding for the review to be updated later this year.

Additionally, the Government's advisory committee on drugs, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), has undertaken to provide advice on the harm and prevention of harms caused by ecstasy (MDMA) in the form of a published review.

The ACMD review will draw from a recent Health Technology Assessment review of ecstasy and is expected to be available to Ministers in the later part of 2008.

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