Confirmed Speakers:

  • Commander Simon Bray, ACPO Drugs Committee, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
  • Martin Ellis, Road User Licensing, Insurance and Safety, Department for Transport


The Government's drugs strategy aims to reduce demand and restrict supply, but how effective has the strategy been? In the new era of legal-highs, or New Psychoactive Substances, what are the best ways to legislate and control substances on a regional and local level? This policy and practice briefing will look at how organisations can work together to commission services effectively, tackle drug-related harm and lay the foundations for victim recovery.

Key issues to be addressed include:

  • The Government’s strategy so far.
  • Restricting supply of unregulated legal highs and New Psychoactive Substances
  • How will individual drugs regulation affect approaches to policing?
  • Examination of the Drug Driving consultation.
  • Commissioning recovery services and Payment by Results.
  • Using technology to advise communities about drug-related crime.
  • Public Health England : working locally to reduce crime and improve well being.
  • Collaboration: potential for a joined-up approach to tackle drug related harm.
  • Early prevention schemes in schools and through education.
  • Joint-working between justice, police, health and education organisations to take back to your setting.

Objectives and Outcomes

The morning session will comprise of an expert-led discussion on the detail of the Government's strategy and effective work in this area so far. Delegates will learn about issues surrounding legal-highs, effective commissioning, drug driving and more.

The afternoon session will focus on how best to collaborate with other services and explore case studies of locally-led approaches to tackling drug-related harm in order for delegates to take back tried and tested strategies to their settings.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from Police forces, Drugs and Alcohol Teams, Public Health England, Community Safety Partnerships, Health and Wellbeing Boards, CPS, ASB teams, Crime Prevention Design Advisors, Transport for London, The British Transport Police, Association of Convienience Stores, Local Councils, LGAs, Hate Crime Teams, private sector stakeholders.

Sponsorship Opportunities

This Westminster Briefing offers your organisation a platform to profile its services to your target audience and key decision makers. There are a number of packages available, from aligning your organisation alongside the conference as a sponsor to exhibiting at the event. Please contact adam.alcock@westminster-briefing.comfor details or download a booking form.

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