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Media Guide

The media guide to drugs: key facts and figures on drugs for journalists and others

There is much misinformation and confusion about drugs in the public domain – but it is also a hot topic which always grabs the headlines. One of DrugScope’s key tasks is to provide good quality information and analysis which is up to date, evidence-based and non-judgemental. To this end, we view working positively with the media to be critical.

DrugScope is therefore very proud to present The media guide to drugs: key facts and figures for journalists. This new guide is intended to be a resource for journalists working across all media. The guide contains an A to Z of drugs, including information on what substances look like, how they are used, what effects they have and how many people use them. The essential Q&A section covers key topics such as how to find the latest statistics and how to avoid common myths. The guide also incorporates a discussion on reporting drug issues responsibly, non-sensationally and without contributing to the stigma faced by people with drug problems.

To contact the DrugScope Press Office, please call 020 7234 9730 or email

The publication of The media guide to drugs has been made possible by the generous support of our two sponsors, The Brit Trust and Ansvar Insurance. Thanks to their support, the guide is available to download for free below.

PDF version:

Media Guide (PDF 3.4MB)

Flash version:
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Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism at City University and former editor of The Daily Mirror, praised the publication:

“This guide will surely help the next generation of journalists because it deals with facts that counter ignorance and prejudice. I believe it will prove invaluable.”