Seminar 1: new drugs: new policy landscapes

Tuesday 16th December, 13.00-17.00, University of Kent

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.

Draft Programme

13.00 -13.10 : Arrival and registration

13.10-13.15: Welcome, Dr Caroline Chatwin

13.15-13.30:Introduction to ministerial review on NPS, Professor Fiona Measham

13.30-14.30: Roundtable on ministerial review on NPS, Chaired by Professor Harry Sumnall.  Participants include: Rhian Hills (Senior Substance Misuse Policy Manager, Welsh Governmet), Pete Burkinshaw (Alcohol, drug and tobacco division, Public Health England), Beverly Francis (Head of Drugs Policy Unit, Scottish Government), Niamh Eastwood (Release), Nicola Singleton, (Freelance analyst and researcher), and Rick Bradley (KCA drug and alcohol charity)

14.30-14.45: Coffee break

14.45-16.00: Pushing the boundaries of our understandings of new drugs, Chaired by Dr Kate O’Brien


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

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

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)

16.00-16.40: Breakout sessions themed around ‘enforcement’, ‘treatment and harm reduction’ and ‘post graduate research and engagement’

16.40-16.55: Feedback from breakout sessions

16.55-17.00: Closing remarks, Dr Caroline Chatwin

17.00-18.00: Drinks reception

19.00: Dinner in Canterbury


Travel directions

The seminar will be held at the University of Kent in Canterbury.  It will be located in the Symposium room on the first floor of Kent Business school.  Please find details of how to find the University of Kent, and Kent Business School here.

If arriving by train, you will need to get a bus or a taxi up the hill to the campus.

Please note that the Kent Business School car park is for staff only and that visitor car parks are located behind the Gulbenkian and at the Pavillion sports centre.

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