As countries examine new ways of managing drug issues beyond the problematic and simplistic model of the 'war on drugs', this lecture will examine how LSE research, among others, can help impact and drive government policies. Drawing on a number of LSE IDEAS reports, including the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy, a decision science based approach to ranking drug harms, the outcomes of the Lancet Commission on Drug Policy, and an examination of cannabis reclassification in the UK  we will examine new methods for evaluating and managing global drug issues.

John Collins is Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Project (IDPP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Lawrence Phillips is Emeritus Professor of Decision Sciences in the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Joanne Csete teaches at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and is a Commissioner of the Lancet Commission on Drug Policy and lead author of the Lancet report Public Health and International Drug Policy.

Michael Shiner is Head of Teaching for IDPP and an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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