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Drugs

The Drugs SIG unites public health specialists and academics in collaboration with cross-agency partners to advocate for drug policies, practice, and service delivery that will advance public health and human rights.

The Drugs Special Interest Group is chaired by Adam Holland and Jason Horsley, with Dean Connolly as Vice chair and reports to the FPH Health Services Committee.  To join, please email a completed application form to adam.holland@bristol.ac.uk.

Recent Drugs SIG outputs

  • Comment in the Lancet Public Health about the proliferation of nitazenes in the UK drug market.
  • Evaluation of the UK Drugs Strategy published in the Journal of Public Health.
  • Cross-agency letter advocating for amendments to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 to make it easier to pilot overdose prevention centres in the UK (co-organised by Drug Science) as featured in the BMJ.
  • Comment in the Lancet Public Health discussing the arguments posed against overdose prevention centres.
  • Cross-agency letter advocating for overdose prevention centre pilots in the UK, as featured in the Guardian and the BMJ.

FPH statements about drugs and drug policies

  • FPH and ADPH response to the Home Affairs Select Committee on Drugs 2023.
  • FPH response to calls from the Scottish Government for a public health approach to drugs.
  • FPH Policy Brief On Drugs, presented at the political party conferences in 2023.
  • The Taking a New Line on Drugs report from the Royal Society for Public Health and FPH, which makes the case for drug policy reform.

FPH responses to calls for evidence / consultations

Related publications and resources

  • Editorial in the BMJ discussing the arguments and evidence for “safer supply” alternatives to unregulated drug markets, co-authored by members of the FPH Drugs SIG.
  • Blog about the emergency of nitazenes on the UK drug market co-authored by FPH Drugs SIG Co-Chair Adam Holland.
  • Review of evidence on overdose prevention centres summarising 570 articles, led by FPH Drugs SIG member Dr Gillian W Shorter.
  • Comment in the International Journal of Drug Policy exploring the ethical dimensions of coercive drug policies, co-authored by members of the FPH Drugs SIG.
  • Op-ed in the Daily Record written by Drugs SIG Co-Chair Adam Holland about the Scottish Government’s calls for a public health approach to drugs.
  • Comment on the Swift Certain Tough White Paper published in the Pharmaceutical Journal co-written by Drugs SIG Co-Chair Adam Holland and pharmacy colleagues.
  • Cross-agency letter organised by Transform Drug Policy and Release, highlighting issues with the Swift Certain Tough White Paper, which was supported by FPH.
  • Proof-of-concept evaluation of the United Kingdom’s first unsanctioned overdose prevention site co-authored by FPH Drugs SIG member Dr Gillian W Shorter.
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