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Drugs

Inquiry

The focus of the inquiry will be on illegal drug use and its effects on society and the economy.

The inquiry will consider the UK’s legislative framework on drugs and UK drug policy. The framework refers to, for example: the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971; the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016; and, where relevant, any subordinate legislation made under these Acts.

In particular, the inquiry will consider the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and its efficacy today. It will assess what impact the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 has had since it came into force. The inquiry will also look at the impact of drug use in the UK, and at approaches to drugs adopted elsewhere.

You can read the call for evidence here.

Warning - some of the written evidence published as part of this inquiry may contain material that some readers may find upsetting.

This inquiry is no longer accepting evidence

The deadline for submissions was Thursday 24 March 2022.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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29 June 2022
Inquiry Drugs
Witnesses Charlie Doyle (Assistant Chief Constable at British Transport Police), Dr Richard Lewis (Drugs lead for the National Police Chiefs’ Council and Chief Constable of Dyfed-Powys Police), Steve Rodhouse (Director General of Operations at National Crime Agency), Nicky Hill (Head of Services at Abianda), Junior Smart OBE (Business development manager and head of SOS Gangs Project, St Giles Trust), and Dr Jack Spicer (Lecturer in Criminology at University of the West of England)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
15 June 2022
Inquiry Drugs
Witnesses Serena Kennedy (Chief Constable at Merseyside Police), David Thorne (Assistant Chief Constable at South Wales Police), John Campbell QPM (Chief Constable at Thames Valley Police), Andy Dunbobbin (North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner), Zoe Metcalfe (Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire and the City of York), and David Sidwick (Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
25 May 2022
Inquiry Drugs
Witnesses Councillor Joanne Harding (Local Government Association), Maggie Boreham (City and Hackney Public Health Team at Hackney Council), Professor Jim McManus (President of the Association of Directors of Public Health and Director of Public Health, Hertfordshire County Council), and Professor Dame Carol Black (Independent advisor to the Government on drugs)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Oral Evidence
DRU0110 - Drugs
Witnesses David Sidwick (Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner)
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
DRU0109 - Drugs
Witnesses Brains Bioceutical
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Written Evidence
DRU0037 - Drugs
Witnesses Anonymised
Committees Home Affairs Committee
Written Evidence

Other publications

No other publications published.

Contact us

  • Email: homeaffcom@parliament.uk
  • Phone: (General) 020 7219 6856 (Media) 020 7219 8430/07834 172 099 perryg@parliament.uk