Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Law

Public Policy on Psychoactive Substances

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Date: Thursday 11 December 2014
Location: Liberty Building, University of Leeds

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School of Law
Liberty Building
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT

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The manner in which the British government responds to different psychoactive substances has varied markedly through time. Today, some are entirely unregulated (caffeine), others are legal but restricted (alcohol, tobacco) and others are prohibited (cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis etc).

This conference will examine historical trends and current directions of travel in regards to the policies used to govern various psychoactive substances in Britain. It will consider government responses to new developments including the proliferation of new psychoactive substances (or ‘legal highs’), the rapid spread of e-cigarettes and the sustained decline in average alcohol consumption. Specific attention will be paid to whether these developments demonstrate any new policy directions or simply the (re)application of existing policy ideas.

This event has been is being supported by the School of Law, University of Leeds. It takes place under the rubric of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) Pathways for Socio-Legal Studies and Conflict, Security and Justice, and is open to all doctoral candidates from the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Attendence at this event is free, but it is necessary to register beforehand.

'New Problems, Old Solutions? Historical Trends and Current Directions in Public Policy on Psychoactive Substances

09.30   Coffee and Registration

09.45 Introduction: Dr Mark Monaghan University of Leeds) and Dr Henry Yeomans (University of Leeds)

‘Identifying Key Policy Issues and Trends in the Governance of Psychoactive Substances’

10.15 Keynote address

Professor Virginia Berridge (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)

11.15 Coffee

11.30 Session 1

Dr Will Haydock (Dorset Drug and Alcohol Action Team/University of Bournemouth)

‘From Methadone and the National Treatment Agency to Alcohol Brief Interventions and Public Health England: Reflections on the Direction of Travel in Local Government Substance Misuse Policy’

Professor Linda Bauld (University of Stirling)

‘Tobacco Harm Reduction and E-Cigarettes: A Not So Quiet Revolution?’

12.30 Lunch

13.15 Plenary Address

Professor Harry Sumnall (Liverpool John Moores University)

14.15 Session 2

Dr Emma Wincup (University of Leeds)

‘Dealing with Dependency: Welfare Reform and the Regulation of Substance Use’

Dr Tim McSweeney (Birkbeck, University of London)

‘Using court-mandated treatment to tackle substance misuse “related” crime under the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda: New policy direction, or more of the same?

Dr Gillian Tober (Leeds Addiction Unit, Leeds and York Partnership NHS Trust)

‘Are there different treatment approaches for different drugs?’

15.45 Roundtable discussion (with tea served alongside)

'Is greater integration of policies on various psychoactive substances desirable?’

Chair: Dr Mark Monaghan

Dr Charlie Lloyd (University of York);  Dr Henry Yeomans (University of Leeds); others TBC.

16.30 Close

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