New Drug Seminars – New Drugs: New Policy Landscapes

Event Date: 16 December 2014
Kent Business School
The University of Kent,
Kent, CT2 7NZ

University of Kent presents:

New Drug Seminars

Seminar 1: New Drugs: New Policy Landscapes

Growing concern about new psychoactive substances and other new drugs has led to the development of novel policy responses across the globe.  The seminar will focus specifically on the results of the recent ministerial review into new psychoactive substances policy in the UK.  The main part of the seminar will be devoted to an introduction to the ministerial review followed by a round table debate on its expected impact on various stakeholders (for example, practitioners, police, and policy makers).  It will also include several ‘impulse’ presentations on new work being conducted by postgraduate students in this exciting area.


Welcome by  Dr Caroline Chatwin (Kent):


Introduction to ministerial review on NPS, Andrew Brown (Drugscope):


Roundtable on ministerial review on NPS, Chaired by Professor Harry Sumnall.

Participants include: Dean Acreman  (WEDINOS Project, Welsh Government), Pete Burkinshaw (Alcohol, drug and tobacco division, Public Health England), D. I. Ian Goldsborough (Metropolitan Police),  Beverly Francis (Head of Drugs Policy Unit, Scottish Government),  Nicola Singleton, (Freelance analyst and researcher), and Rick Bradley (KCA drug and alcohol charity).


Pushing the boundaries of our understandings of new drugs, Chaired by Dr Kate O’Brien


Rosa Goenraadt (Utrecht University) – Demand and (online) supply of illicit lifestyle pharmaceuticals


Katinka van de Ven (University of Kent)The expansion of the anti-doping movement


Liviu Alexandrescu (Lancaster University) – Legal highs and speed bodies in post-communist Romania


Rebecca Crook (Liverpool John Moores University) – An exploration of the concept of ‘identity’ in non-dependent drug users (including NPS)


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