Autumn 2012 Inaugural Lecture Series – Professor Philip Murphy

27th Nov 2012, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Edge Hill University

What exactly do we mean by drug misuse related harm and what should we do about it?

Drug misuse is a hotly debated topic in our society. The major piece of legislation in the United Kingdom addressing the issues is the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which provides a system for classifying prohibited drugs on the basis of the risks they pose to those who use them. Problems arise, however, with the interpretation of evidence concerning drug-related harm. Social, cultural and historical factors also feed into decisions about the legal status of a drug. In this lecture, Professor Murphy will attempt to look at the wide range of factors which influence such decisions, and will inject some new thinking into a debate which can all too often give rise to predictable clichés.

Professor Murphy began working professionally with drug misusers as a Counsellor with the Merseyside Drugs Council (with financial support from the Anglican Liverpool Diocese) in 1984, and completed his PhD in the Faculty of Medicine at Liverpool University in 1993 with a thesis on the psychological aspects of opiate withdrawal. He has co-authored 70 scientific papers for journals and conferences in the field of substance misuse, many of them concerned with impairment to memory associated with ecstasy use. He is also the series editor for biological psychology for BPS Wiley publishers.

He recently appeared on the UK’s first televised research trial on Channel 4, Drugs Live: The Ecstasy Trial, examining the effects of the illegal drug Ecstasy.


  • 5.00pm – Arrival and Drinks
  • 6.00pm – Lecture
  • 7.15pm – Refreshments and networking

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