“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition”- Adam Smith.

Welcome to Antidotum.

It is a newsletter about addiction science, harm reduction, drug policy and politics with a good dose of healthy scepticism.

I am a British doctor and my clinical work is with people with addictions to drugs, including alcohol. I will be writing about the various substances us humans like to take and how we interact with them. That means drug policy and the 'War on Drugs' as well as the clinical interventions when we do need to treat, when needed, as a health problem.

I’ll write about the harm of drugs and how we can help reduce that but I will also cover the therapeutic benefits. All of which I’ll tackle with a sceptical eye. I have spent a lot of years offering analysis and opinion — it felt like time to do it regularly. If you want to know more about me then visit

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