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The sacking of the Chief Drugs Adviser to the UK Government, Prof DavidĀ Nutt, last weekend has raised a few broader issues worth considering.

First, let’s get some basics out of the way. As a point of policy scientific advisers should be allowed to communicate their advice to the wider public as well as the government. Equally there is no doubt that advisers are exactly that – advisers – and, if for no other reason than the government bears the responsibility, government ministers must decide for themselves what to do on the basis of the advice and evidence provided.

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