The Beckley Foundation is a charitable trust that promotes the investigation of consciousness and its modulation from a multidisciplinary perspective. It supports world-class research into the science, health, politics and history of practices used to alter consciousness, ranging from meditation to the use of psychoactive substances. It was set up to look at the science, particularly the neuroscience, behind the use of psychoactive substances, with a particular concern being the invisible barriers blocking objective scientific research in this area. Its activities include organising and directing scientific research programmes, hosting occasional high level seminars, and disseminating information to academics, health professionals, policymakers and the public. It is particularly interested in scientific research that has practical implications in improving health and wellbeing.
The Beckley Foundation Drug Policy Programme (www.internationaldrugpolicy.net)
was set up at the beginning of 2004 to develop research in drug policy
analysis, and provide a rigorous, independent review of global drug
policy. To date, research has not developed as well as would have been
expected in such a major area of social policy, and the Beckley Foundation
is working to promote the development of that evidence base in order
to help better decision making in the future. It aims to cast light
on the current dilemmas facing policymakers at national and international
level, as they seek to improve the effectiveness of legislation meant
to control the supply and use of psychoactive drugs.
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