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Ruth Runciman DBE on David Nutt’s work on relative harm for the Police Foundation Report
 Dame Ruth says she and her colleagues were very lucky to have David Nutt on board
Ruth Runciman DBE on confusion following the Police Foundation Report recommendations on cannabis
One of the report's important conclusions was that the present law on cannabis produced more harm than it prevented.
Ruth Runciman DBE - There was a note of reservation to the recommendations in relation to cannabis
 A note of reservation was made in relation to some of the consequent powers of the police
Ruth Runciman DBE sees her contribution as bringing together the work of distinguished colleagues
 Dame Ruth describes the nature of her contribution as ensuring that the important work of colleagues had the influence on policy which it merited.

Ruth Runciman DBE on the work of the UK Drug Policy Commission
 Dame Ruth describes the purpose and the products of the UKDPC
Neil McKeganey on academia in the drugs field, and UK Harm Reduction
Neil touches on the relationship between academic perspectives on harm reduction and abstinence
Neil McKeganey UK Harm Reduction, drug law reform, idealism and Recovery
 Neil explored the connection between UK Harm Reduction and a 'strand of idealism' which made it a 'social movement'. Neil argues the Recovery Movement is also led by idealistic academics and says that he is not sure this is the role of academia.
Neil McKeganey on the 'switch' between harm reduction and abstinence
 Neil gives his view of the 'u-turn' on language at governmental level 
Ian Wardle on learning the lessons of the recent past
Ian describes the recent history of harm reduction and explores what lessons we can learn
Julia Buxton: HIV and AIDS challenges prohibition in Europe as 80's drug treatment emerges
Julia describes the more treatment oriented regimes in the 1070's. Juila says the 'sea change' came with heroin and HIV/AIDS making Europeans more ope to Harm Reduction approaches.
Julia Buxton on the background to the first International Drug Conference Shanghai 1909
Julia talks about beginnings of the Shanghai alliance between China and America. China formed a pragmatic alliance with the US and partners to restrict opium production. Self medication with opium was no longer seen as acceptable. Drugs became a moral issue for the US.
Julia Buxton on domestic policy, racism, and the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs
Julia describes how racist and anti immigrant propaganda became linked to reinforcing of messages on drug use. She describes the expansion of the legislation to include a range of drugs, and the growth of issues of drugs and criminality. 
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