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DrugScope's parliamentary work

All-Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group:

DrugScope provides secretariat support for the All Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group. The purpose of the group is 'to educate members of both Houses of Parliament and stimulate debate on issues surrounding drugs misuse.'

The Group meets every 6 to 8 weeks while Parliament is in session. At most meetings, guest speakers are invited to give a presentation to the members of the Group on a topic relevant to drugs misuse, followed by a Q&A session from members and non-Parliamentary delegates.

Details of the Officers of the Group and membership are available on the Register of All Party Parliamentary Groups here (opens in new window).

If you have a professional interest in the field of drug misuse and are interested in knowing more about the Group, including details on arranging attendance for non-Parliamentary delegates, please contact Ruth Goldsmith on 020 7520 7559 or by email at

The All Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group periodically undertakes public inquiries into matters relating to drugs misuse in society.

Most recently, the All Party Parliamentary Drug Misuse Group, with support from DrugScope, has undertaken an inquiry into dependence on over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription-only medicines (POM). The inquiry, conducted Select Committee-style, took written and oral evidence from the general public, medical and addictions specialists, charities and support groups, pharmaceutical companies and trade and regulatory bodies.

The All Party Parliamentary Drug Misuse Group have published a report detailing their findings which you can access here: An Inquiry into Physical Dependence and Addiction to Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication. Gemma Reay, Parliamentary researcher to Dr Brian Iddon, MP (PDF 699KB)

Previous reports of the All Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group can be downloaded below:

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The transition to public health (PDF 28KB)
Presentation by DrugScope’s CEO to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Complex Need and Dual Diagnosis (April 2012)

Drug testing on trial (PDF 427KB)
A report of the All Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group
July 2003

Drug misuse and mental health: learning lessons on dual diagnosis (PDF 52KB)
A report of the All Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group
April 2000

Prisons and drugs misuse (PDF 43KB)
A report of the All Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group
July 1998

Responses to legislation:

The evidence base for the classification of illegal drugs 2006

Submission of evidence by DrugScope to the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee (2006) (PDF 205KB)

Drugs Act 2005

DrugScope/Turning Point, An Alternative Drugs Bill (2005) (PDF 91KB)

DrugScope/Turning Point, Briefing on Second Reading of Drugs Bill (2005) (PDF 133KB)

Cannabis Reclassification 2004

DrugScope briefing on cannabis reclassification (2004) (PDF 110KB)

Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003

Response to notes for Guidance on Part 1 Anti-Social Behaviour Act (‘Crack Houses’) (PDF 119KB)

Criminal Justice Act 2003

Briefing on the Criminal Justice Bill (2003) (PDF 161KB)

Submission to Committee stage of Criminal Justice Bill, jointly with the Children’s Society (2003) (PDF 47KB)

Consultation responses:

Response to Social Exclusion Unit on social exclusion and mental health (2004) (PDF 196KB)

Response to Labour party consultation on ‘Justice, Society and Community’ (2004) (PDF 102KB)

Response to Lord Coulsfield’s inquiry on Alternatives to Custody (2004) (PDF 200KB)

Response to Green Paper Every Child Matters (2004) (PDF 169KB)


DrugScope’s drug policy Manifesto for the European Elections (2004) (PDF 135KB)

For more information please contact Marcus Roberts