LJMU expert appointed to Government Council

24 January 2011

LJMU expert on substance misuse appointed to Government’s Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD).

Dr Harry Sumnall, Head of Research Development and Reader in Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University has been appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the Government’s drugs advisory board.

Minister for Crime Prevention James Brokenshire who made the announcement last week, said:

"I am pleased to welcome the chair and new members to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs and look forward to working with them over the coming years. As we made clear in the 2010 Drug Strategy, high quality advice in this field is essential. The ACMD is an integral and valuable part of the Government’s approach to tackling the harms caused by drug misuse. The independent advice provided by the ACMD helps to protect us from the real dangers posed by illicit drug use."

Professor Mark Bellis, OBE, Director of Centre for Public Health commented:

"The substance use team at the Centre for Public Health is undertaking important research on alcohol and drugs across Merseyside and across Europe. We are delighted that a senior member of the team has been appointed to this important Government committee."

The ACMD was established under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. It is the duty of the ACMD to keep drugs misuse in the United Kingdom under review and to advise the Government on measures for preventing misuse and social problems arising from it. More information about ACMD can be found on the Home Office website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk/drugs/acmd

The Centre for Public Health based at Liverpool John Moores University, is a vibrant research and intelligence unit working with a range of partners and stakeholders at a local, national and international level, providing innovative, integrated and dynamic approaches to public health information to help improve wellbeing and reducing health inequalities. To find out more visit www.cph.org.uk

For further information please contact: Caroline Hilliard, Communications Officer, Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University tel: 0151 231 4535, email: c.j.hilliard@ljmu.ac.uk  

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