“Our focus on this occasion is drugs”

What follows is the programme for the The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland Winter Meeting, which will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh on 31st January 2020.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland introduce the programme by stating that “in response to requests from those attending previous meetings our focus on this occasion is drugs”.

The morning session considers the potential therapeutic and harmful effects of cannabis:

The President’s Lecture then follows:

The afternoon session on novel psychoactive substances concludes the day:


For much of the last decade I have advocated and campaigned for a Sunshine Act for Scotland. I have put forward the evidence why such legislation is a necessary part of Realistic Medicine, including Realistic Psychiatry. Neither the Royal College of Psychiatrists nor Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer have supported Sunshine legislation. It is important to note that there was a consultation with the Scottish public on this and the majority of those consulted were of the view that Sunshine legislation was required.

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