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Welcome to the DrugScope UK DrugWatch page

UK DrugWatch is an informal online professional information network established by a group of professionals working in the UK drugs sector. The aim of the group is to raise/establish standards for drug information, alerts and warnings. It is currently an unfunded, bottom-up initiative that works in the spirit of mutual co-operation.

The partner agencies and key contacts

DrugScope: Harry Shapiro (for media enquiries)

Lifeline: Michael Linnell (DrugWatch coordinator)

Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust: Annette DalePerera

Scottish Drugs Forum: Katy MacLeod and Austin Smith;

Danny Morris: UK Harm Reduction Association (UKHRA) and Independent Consultant

Swansea Drug Project: Ifor Glyn

Welsh Emerging Drugs and Identification of Novel Substances Project (WEDINOS): Josie Smith

KFX – Drug Consultancy Initiative: Kevin Flemen

CRI: Michael Lawrence

Neil Hunt – Independent consultant

U-TURN (Northern Ireland): Iain Cameron and Chris Rintoul and

N2L: Young Person’s Drug and Alcohol Service - Mark Adley

Injecting Advice: Nigel Brunsdon

TICTAC : John Ramsey


The following Factsheets have appeared in Druglink. They will be updated as required and new ones added. The Factsheet on synthetic cannabinoids is a fuller version of that which appeared in the Nov/Dec issue of Druglink. These are copyright free.

Benzo Fury 1 (PDF)

Benzo Fury 2 (PDF)

Black mamba (PDF)

Heroin and Anthrax (PDF)

Mephedrone (PDF)

Methoxetamine (PDF)

Nitrous Oxide (PDF)


Synthetic cannabinoids (PDF)