FAQs

Driving

What are the effects of drugs on driving? Many drugs have an effect on driving. Some, such as alcohol and cannabis, can slow reaction times, reduce the ability to concentrate and distort the judgement of time and distance. Others, such as cocaine,…

Is drug use mainly in deprived areas?

If we use a broad definition of drugs – to include alcohol, cigarettes, illegal and other socially unacceptable substances – it is clear that drug use is nearly everywhere. However, different people living in different areas may have different drug use…

How many people die from drugs?

DrugWise infographic on drug related deaths (PDF) Types of drug-related deaths The straight answer is that we do not know exactly how many drug-related deaths there are in the UK. This is because it depends on what definition of drug-related…

Which drugs are used most?

Caffeine is our favourite drug. It is contained in tea, coffee, many soft drinks and colas, some confectionery, included in many medicines and available in over-the-counter stimulant preparations such as Pro Plus. Apart from medicines in general, the next most commonly…

How many people use drugs?

Drugs are used by many different people and in many situations. The latest data from the Office for National Statistics: Drug misuse in England and Wales: year ending March 2020  showed ” Overall drug use continued to remain stable, with around…

How many people are addicted?

Addiction or problematic use is a difficult concept to measure Those with drug-related problems tend to be difficult to find, and addiction is difficult to measure. Experts consistently fail to agree on what constitutes an addict, problematic use or problematic…

What’s the Government doing about drugs?

January 2021 Government announcement on funding: Home Secretary Priti Patel and Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced a £148 million new investment. The new approach, named Project ADDER, gives extra resources to law enforcement to dismantle organised criminal gangs and tackle the…

What is the UK’s international approach to drugs?

The main elements in the UK’s strategy for dealing with international drug matters are through bilateral representations and multilateral action. The UK with its unique position in the UN, European Union and Commonwealth seeks a coherent approach across the three…

Should drugs be legalised?

The call for the present drug laws to be changed has come from many quarters. The legalisation debate The debate itself can be broken down into three key elements: Civil liberties versus the duty of the state; The harm caused…