Author Archives: Toby Seddon

About Toby Seddon

Professor of Social Science at UCL. Interested in new ideas and thinking about drug policy.

5: Drug law reform in the Asian Century

This episode takes a long view of global drug policy, arguing that shifts in global power have always had a significant impact on drug control throughout the last 200 years. What then might be the implications for drug law reform … Continue reading

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Rethinking Drug Law Reform in the Asian Century

I recently wrote a piece for the Social & Legal Studies blog. Read it here.

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4: John Marks, heroin prescribing and HAT

This episode explores the issue of prescribing heroin to people with heroin problems, a practice with a long history and usually today termed Heroin Assisted Treatment or HAT. The episode draws on a recent research project exploring the controversial work … Continue reading

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3: What is a drug?

This episode explores a core question of this field: what is a drug? It draws on an archival research project. For further details, read this paper or this short summary.

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2: Cannabis law reform in the 1960s

This episode looks at the cannabis law reform movement in the 1960s, drawing on an archival research project. Please see published paper here.

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1: Regulating Cannabis – virtual book launch

Authors Toby Seddon and Will Floodgate discuss their new book Regulating Cannabis.

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Regulating Cannabis

In April 2016, I was in New York for an ISSDP meeting on cannabis policy in the Americas. At the end of the first day, I was due to meet up for dinner with Niamh Eastwood and Alex Stevens. I … Continue reading

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Thinking historically about HAT

In early 2016, when I was drafting my chapter on drugs for the ‘Oxford Handbook of Criminology’, I made a passing reference to Dr John Marks’ heroin prescribing practice in the 1980s. I had assumed that somewhere there would be … Continue reading

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Drug law reform

I have created a new page to bring together my previous and current work on drug law reform. Links to downloads where available.

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Drinking guidelines

Listening to the Today programme this morning, I was interested to hear the Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, defending the new guidelines on weekly limits for safe drinking. She was particularly keen to stress their basis in science and evidence. … Continue reading

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