The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) was established under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a body to advise government on drugs problems as they developed. If Government wishes to add new drugs laws or amend existing ones they have to consult the ACMD.

ACMD has also produced a series of influential reports over the last twenty years which up until the recent 'Tackling Drugs Together' have shaped UK drugs policy.

ACMD members are drawn from the professions of medicine, nursing, social work, probation, police, pharmacy etc together with civil servants from each government department with an interest in drugs problems.

With the advent of UKADCU it is no longer clear if the ACMD has a continuing role in the future development of drugs policy.