Comment

Ten years of ‘independence’ in drug policy advice

Ten years after Professor David Nutt was sacked as chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), I resigned from it.

How far have we come in those ten years in achieving an evidence-informed drug policy, and in protecting the independence of scientific advice?

The short answer is: not very far at all....

By 
Alex Stevens
11 October 2019
Comment

Illicit drug markets and the exploitation and criminalisation of young people

For the past five years, much of my work has focused on the harms associated with prohibitionist drug policies.

In short, my concern is that our current prohibitionist approach results in far too many young people being violently victimised and criminalised as a result of their involvement in illicit drug...

By 
Keir Irwin-Rogers
8 October 2019
Comment

Beneath county lines

County lines refers to the extension of drug supply from urban into rural and other settings. Adopting the analysis of the National Crime Agency (NCA), the construction of public discussion about...

By 
Roger Grimshaw
20 February 2019
Publication

Assessing the General Election manifestos

This UK Justice Policy Review Focus scrutinises some key manifesto pledges in the area on the police, prisons and drugs policy
By 
Richard Garside
26 May 2017
Comment

Fix room for drug addicts overdue but welcome

The announcement of support for Safe Injection Facilities in Glasgow is long a overdue but very welcome decision. Glasgow City Alcohol and Drug Partnership are to be congratulated for taking these...

By 
Kenny MacAskill
8 November 2016
Comment

A new approach to drugs for the Trainspotting generation

The stars have been in Edinburgh for the filming of Trainspotting 2. Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and other actors have been on the streets of the capital as the sequel to the 1990s cult...

By 
Kenny MacAskill
21 July 2016