This is not a definitive list of services, if you feel a service could be added or the contact details have changed please feel free to contact us.

Government and other Statutory Bodies – General

Government Portal intended to improve access to Departments.

The Department of Health

Department of Education and Skills

The Home Office

Academic and Research

Centre for Drug Misuse Research – University of Glasgow
The aim of the Centre for Drug Misuse Research is to conduct high quality, policy relevant research on the problem of drug misuse within Scotland. The Centre is committed to a simple philosophy, namely that those working in the drug misuse field within Scotland need access to accurate and up to date information on the nature of the drug problem in our country and the effectiveness of their efforts at tackling drug misuse.

Centre for Policy Study
A Tory think-tank set up by Keith Joseph in the 1970’s. In 2008 set up the Prison’s and Addiction Forum where the likes of Kathy Gyngell and Deirdre Boyd from Addiction Today can rage against harm reduction and methadone.

Centre for Social Justice
The Centre for Social Justice is an independent think tank established by Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP in 2004 to seek effective solutions to the poverty that blight parts of Britain. They’re not here cos I love them; but it’s essential to understand the ideology that underpins the current Government’s activities.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation is an endowed charity that funds a large, UK-wide research and development programme. We seek to understand the root causes of social problems, to identify ways of overcoming them, and to show how social needs can be met in practice.

Drug and Alcohol Findings
Drug and Alcohol Findings bridges the divide between UK-relevant research on the effectiveness of responses to drug and alcohol problems and the practitioners who provide those interventions. The project aims to encapsulate the studies’ findings, set them in context and to explore the implications for practice.

Museum of Drugs
This is place is fabulous! It ‘houses’ a collection of artifacts that reveal the history of substance use and societal reaction prior to 1971 when the Misuse of Drugs Act came into force in the United Kingdom. The Museum explores society’s relationship with substance use, charting a story of polarisation, from acceptance and tolerance through to fear, moral panic and prohibition.

Young People

The Children’s Society
The Children’s Society aims to tackle the route causes of problems which young people face when the communities they live in and people who surround them let them down.

Providing unbiased information to enable young people to make informed choices.

Childrens Legal Centre
The Children’s Legal Centre is an independent national charity concerned with law and policy affecting children and young people.

Who Cares? Trust
The Who Cares Trust promote the interests of children and young people in public care and we work with all those interested in their well-being in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and around the world.

Bullying Online
A comprehensive website which helps parents and pupils deal with school bullying. It is also used as a resource by teachers and health professionals. There are around 30 different sections including issues like how to deal with racist problems and mobile phone text abuse as well as practical advice for parents and pupils.

National Youth Agency
The National Youth Agency aims to advance youth work to promote young people’s personal and social development, and their voice, influence and place in society.

Childline UK
ChildLine is a free national helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger.

Through almost 300 projects nationwide, Barnardo’s help children, young people and their families to overcome severe disadvantages, including abuse, homelessness and poverty, and to tackle the challenges of disability.

Action for Children
NCH Action For Children aims to improve the lives of Britain’s most vulnerable children and young people by providing a diverse and innovative range of services for them and their families and campaigning on their behalf.

National Childrens Bureau
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) is a registered charity which promotes the interests and well-being of all children and young people across every aspect of their lives. The Drug Education Forum is also hosted here.

Housing, Homeless and Other

For more housing links and service providers please visit

Homeless UK
A new website for advisors and the public and the leading source of information about services that help homeless people. You can find information on over 8,000 services across the UK, including hostels, advice and support services.

Homeless London
The new website about homelessness in London. This site replaces both Hostels Online and the old Homeless London website. Here you can find full details of both residential and non-residential services for homeless people in London plus a range of new features and other information.

Homeless Edinburgh
A new website about services for homeless people. This website replaces the Edinburgh Hostels Online site. This is a new website for advisors and the public about services that help homeless people in Edinburgh. It is managed by the City of Edinburgh Council.

Housingnet provides online contact details for social housing providers, along with many other housing related contacts.

Centrepoint aims to ensure that no young person is at risk because they do not have a place to stay.

CRASH brings professionals and companies from the UK construction and property industry to help homelessness charities to improve their premises.

The Chartered Institute of Housing
The CIH is a professional association dedicated to helping to raise the standards of housing management.

Crisis is a national charity dedicated to the relief of poverty and distress among single homeless people. Their mission is to end street homelessness through practical action to help homeless people move towards a secure, sustainable home.

Homeless Pages
Homeless Pages is a comprehensive guide to information about single homelessness in London. It provides an introduction to homelessness, plus a database of resources, including research reports, directories, training courses and websites.

National Housing Federation
The National Housing Federation is the body that represents the independent social housing sector.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Foundation
The Mental Health Foundation is a UK charity which aims to improve the lives of everyone with mental health problems or learning difficulties. It undertakes research, service development and information to increase understanding and meet people’s needs. It also contains a very comprehensive links page for mental health organisations.

The UK Federation of Smaller Mental Health Agencies
The Federation is a new membership based Charity set up to support its locally based and independent Members in developing and providing mental health services in their community. It contains links to some of its member sites.

Mind works for a better life for everyone experiencing mental distress, campaigns for the right to lead an active and valued life in the community and is an influential voice on mental health issues.

Manic Depression Fellowship
The Manic Depression Fellowship works to enable people affected by manic depression to take control of their lives.

Sane is one of the UK’s leading charities concerned with improving the lives of everyone affected by mental illness.

Blood-borne Viruses

The National AIDS Trust
The National AIDS Trust (NAT) aims to promote a wider understanding of HIV and AIDS; develop and support efforts to prevent the spread of HIV; and improve the quality of life of people affected by HIV and AIDS.

National Hepatitis C Resource Centre
This site is dedicated to providing information to people living with hepatitis C, healthcare professionals, the general puplic and the media. Also to provide a peer perspective on personal experiences of HCV positive individuals regarding day-to-day living, treatment, alternative therapies, and support.

The Terrence Higgins Trust
Terrence Higgins Trust delivers health promotion campaigns and direct support to people who are at risk or living with HIV across the UK , especially people from the African community and gay men and the people close to them.

NAM aidsmap
NAM is a community-based information provider based in the UK whose sole aim is to combat the AIDS epidemic through accurate, accessible and up-to-date information.

The British Liver Trust
UK charity for adults with liver disease. Promotes research, support and publishes an online newsletter.


Rudi Fortson
Rudi Fortson is noted for his work in relation to serious crime, including fraud, confiscation, asset-recovery, money-laundering, drug trafficking and drug law. He probably knows more about drugs legislation than anyone needs to know.

CPS – Drugs Offences
CPS guidance on charges for drugs offences

Drug-Related sites: Statutory

Home Office – Drugs
Section of the Home Office website concerned with drugs.

Drug Misuse in Scotland
This site aims to inform those involved in tackling Scotland’s drug problem. It offers a wide range of information about Drug Misuse in Scotland, as well as information about policy, good practice and current research.

National Treatment Agency
Reducing harm – improving health. The National Treatment Agency (NTA) was created by the Government on 1 April 2001 with a remit to increase the capacity, quality and effectiveness of drug treatment in England.

Health Scotland
Our website provides information and resources to support health improvement practitioners and organisations working with us to improve Scotland’s health and reduce inequalities.

Drug Initiatives: National: NGOs

Exchange Supplies
This Harm reduction site was established by the admirable Jon Derticott and Andrew Preston. There’s a wealth of material on this site. You can order paraphernalia, including a full range of needle and syringes plus other equipment. There’s literature to read or download. The site is also a portal for drug conference archives, such as the NCIDU.

Talk to Frank
Formerly the The National Drugs Helpline, FRANK is the new Government funded drugs awareness website. It provides information for drug users, their friends and families. It has various information resources online and with a web based question facility. Despite repeated representations, some of the content online is not accurate.

Re-Solv is a national United Kingdom charity dedicated to the prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse.

Scottish Drugs Forum
The Scottish Drugs Forum is national non-government drugs policy and information agency, aiming to support and represent, at both local and national levels, a wide range of interests, promoting collaborative, evidence-based responses to drug use.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction was set up to provide the Community and its Member States with ‘objective, reliable and comparable information at European level concerning drugs and drug addiction and their consequences’.

Long established drugs charity running a helpline, and offering quality advice on legal issues.

European Association for the Treatment of Addiction
The European Association for the Treatment of Addiction (UK) is an independent charity, which aims to help ensure that people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol get timely access to the treatment they need.

DrugScope, a national drugs charity, aim to improve policy and promote debate on the topic of drugs.

Independent drug monitoring unit
Drug prices, law, policy and lots of other essential stuff.

Drugs Prevention Net
Aims to provide a wide range of drug-related information including up-to-date information on the current drug situation in Northern Ireland. The intention is to support those individuals, organisations and agencies who work in drug prevention, treatment and education throughout Northern Ireland.

Transform campaign against the prohibition of drugs, arguing for regulation and control.

UK Drug Policy Commission
UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) is an independent body providing objective analysis of UK drug policy. We aim to improve political, media and public understanding of drug policy issues and the options for achieving a rational and effective (evidence-led) response to the problems caused by illegal drugs.


Harm Reduction and Needle Exchange Specific

UK Harm Reduction Alliance
Discussion group on Needle Exchange and other aspects of harm reduction

National Conference on Injecting Drug Use
Wealth of archives from the NCIDU conferences.

National Needle Exchange Forum
The National Needle Exchange Forum (NNEF) is a group of needle exchange workers from England and Wales that exists to actively promote and support the provision of high quality, comprehensive needle exchange services as a key part of the United Kingdom drugs strategy.

International Harm Reduction Association
The International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) is one of the leading international non-governmental organisations promoting policies and practices that reduce the harms from all psychoactive substances, harms which include not only the increased vulnerability to HIV and hepatitis C infection among people who use drugs, but also the negative social, health, economic and criminal impacts of illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco on individuals, communities and society.

Injecting Advice
Nigel Brunsdon’s harm reduction site. Lots of good content. He says “This site is about harm reduction for injecting drug users, and seeks to act as a great information resource for both injectors and drugs workers.”


User and Activists Groups, Self Help, Recovery

Counselling Directory
Counselling Directory only lists qualified/registered counsellors and psychotherapists. Every member must send us copies of their qualifications and insurance cover or must be registered with a recognised professional body.

Solicitors On-Line
Comprehensive and up-to-date directory of solicitors in the UK. Fully searchable.

The Site
Excellent resource site for people about drugs, sex, housing, employment and other things that concern people. Generally accurate and up-to-date. Excellent local-service finder

DS Daily
DS Daily is Drugscope run bulletin service providing a round-up of drug news stories from the UK and around the world; a welcome replacement for the now defunct Daily Dose.

Drink and Drug News
The website for Drink and Drug News magazine where wll the back issues can be viewed. Also here, the Drink and Drug News site which includes, forum, home pages and other goodies.

Black Poppy Magazine
The Health and Lifestyle magazine for the class A drug user. Contains articles for and by users. Essential material on Harm Reduction, Prison life, Tips for Working Girls, Vein Care, Hep C, HIV, and other diseases that impact users.

Good Food and Health
Good Food & Health is a nutrition consultancy which provides a range of services to local and national organisations, focussing on improving health and wellbeing through healthy eating. Specialism in the interface between drug use, diet and recovery.

Association of users, activists and professionals who produce amongst other things, Monkey magazine. Though at the moment the front page leads only to a (sincere) tribute page to Ian Smith.

Rather brilliant user-group in Southampton.

Narcotics Anonymous UK
“A non-profit, international, community based organization or recovering addicts that’s active in over 60 countries. NA members learn from one another how to live drug free and recover from the effects of addiction in their lives”

Recovery Academy
The Recovery Academy is a coalition of individuals committed to demonstrating recovery from addiction and to mapping the resulting growth and transformation in individuals and communities.

Scottish Drug Recovery Consortium
The Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium (SDRC) is an independent charity established to drive and promote Recovery for individuals, family members and communities affected by drugs across Scotland.

Smart Recovery
Our purpose is to help individuals seeking abstinence from addictive behaviours to gain independence, achieve recovery and lead meaningful and satisfying lives. The approach is secular and science based; using motivational, behavioral and cognitive methods. We view substance/activity dependence as a dysfunctional habit, while recognising that it is possible that certain people have a predisposition towards addictive behaviour.

The Alliance
A user led charity providing advocacy, support, advice, and help for users who are seeking , in or having problems with their treatment for their drug use.

The Art of Life Itself
Progressive thinking in addiction and recovery from Stephen Bamber.


Drugs resources sites and Drug Education Websites (mainstream+UK)

HIT has been providing training, consultation and information on drug-related issues since 1985. HIT seeks to develop, advocate and implement pragmatic and effective approaches to drug use.

Drug Education Forum
The Drug Education Forum has launched a new website for Forum members, policy makers, local coordinators and practitioners interested or involved in drug education. It provides details of the work of the Forum and its information service, including downloadable copies of the Forum’s newsletter Drug Education Matters and accompanying fact sheets and briefings, links to other useful organisations in the drugs field, a news database and a bulletin board.

TACADE aims are to provide support for professionals, professional groups, parents and carers working with young people by providing a range of publications, training and consultancy products and services, which enable children and young people to achieve positive changes in their knowledge, attitudes, abilities, choices and behaviour.

Know The Score
Scotland’s definitive drugs information gateway – providing information for young people, parents, relatives, friends and communities.

A resource, education and information site run by Richard Ives. He says of EducaRI: ” educari is an independent consultancy widely concerned with young people, drugs, education and health. Our work includes: research, evaluation and policy analysis; consultancy and training; publications; website design and development; and international work.”

The hiwecanhelp (hi) website was commissioned by the North Tyneside (NT) Primary Care Trust and is now a Social Enterprise supporting drug users and their families and drug workers.

Anna Liffey Drug Project
Interesting website from this Dublin-based Charity. Some good resources here – and a wealth of policies.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
US drugs enforcement; lots of interesting information on this site.

Drug Policy Alliance
Drug Policy Alliance is the leading organization working to broaden the public debate on drug policy and to promote realistic alternatives to the war on drugs based on science, compassion, public health and human rights. The Alliance was formerly known as The Lindesmith Center – Drug Policy Foundation. The Lindesmith Center, created in 1994, was the leading independent drug policy reform institute in the United States. The Drug Policy Foundation, founded in 1987, represented over 25,000 supporters and was the principal membership-based organization advocating for more sensible and humane drug policies. The two organizations merged on July 1, 2000 with the objective of building a national drug policy reform movement.

Erowid is an online library of information about psychoactive plants and chemicals and related topics. The information on the site is a compilation of the experiences, words, and efforts of hundreds of individuals including users, parents, health professionals, doctors, therapists, chemists, researchers, teachers, and lawyers. Erowid acts as a publisher of new information as well as a library for the collection of documents published elsewhere. The information found on the site spans the spectrum from solid peer reviewed research to fanciful creative writing.

International Drugs Policy Consortium
We are a global network of NGOs and professional networks that come together to promote objective and open debate on drug policy issues at the national and international level

Irish Needle Exchange Forum
The INEF exists to actively develop, support, and sustain a network of high quality, comprehensive needle exchange and other harm reduction services across Ireland.

Merchants Quay Project
Merchants Quay Ireland is a voluntary organisation providing a wide range of services to people who are homeless and for drug users. In 2009, we worked with over 5,000 drug users and people who were homeless.

Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe
The Open Society Institute’s International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) developed Methadone Man and Buprenorphine Babe to help raise awareness about the glaring lack of access to these lifesaving drugs.

The Chicago Recovery Alliance
Harm reduction site with some great injecting resources.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The USA’s leading website on drugs and science. NIDA’s mission is to lead the Nation in bringing the power of science to bear on drug abuse and addiction.

SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Trimbos Institute
The Trimbos Institute is a [Dutch] centre of expertise on mental health and addiction. The Trimbos Institute cannot provide treatment or medical advice.

Service Providers

Addaction is a major national drug and alcohol treatment charity in the United Kingdom. We aim to ensure that all drug and alcohol users can access appropriate treatment, regardless of what stage their substance use has reached.

Bristol Drugs Project
We provide free and confidential help to over 3,000 individuals and their families each year. With over 24 years experience we know what works and can help you find it.

Clouds is a registered charity (no. 296637) and registered company founded in 1982. Clouds provides the following services for those suffering the effects of alcohol and/or drug dependency.

The Compass mission is to help people to solve the problems of drug and alcohol use, creating healthier lives and safer communities.We are not a campaigning charity but seek to achieve our mission by delivering treatment services in communities where the effects of problematic substance misuse are acutely felt.

Cranstoun Project
Cranstoun Drug Services is a not-for-profit, independent, non-governmental organisation whose well-trained and experienced staff provide a range of high quality, efficient and effective specialist services. We continually develop new, creative and pragmatic responses in order to tackle the impact and harm caused by drugs to individuals and communities.

Crew 2000
As well as offering a drop in and training Crew 2000 have a fair bit of drugs information on their website. Well worth a look.

CRI is a charity that intervenes to change patterns of behaviour that damage communities, working locally to help individuals turn around harmful patterns of behaviour, whether substance misuse, crime, or homelessness.

We are a specialist care organisation providing responsive residential and community basedl services. all our services users have alcohol, drug or mental health problems, many have criminal records, are in housing need and/or are fleeing domestic violence, all are vulnerable and many are overlooked by society.

Exeter Drug Project
EDP works with people across Devon and in Dorset who have, or are affected by, drug and alcohol problems. We work both in the community and in prisons.

Freshfield Service
The Freshfield Service is a charitable, professional organisation committed to people of all ages, who have concerns about their own or someone else’s drug use. We work within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Harbour Drug and Alcohol Service
Harbour is here to help anyone who is affected by the misuse of drugs or alcohol. This includes family and friends. We work in partnership with other public, private and voluntary agencies to see that every available option is explored to successfully address your needs.

KCA works in and with communities to reduce the harms and costs to communities and individuals of substance misuse and mild to moderate mental health issues by providing a range of accessible, flexible and innovative services, developing community services and responding to needs not currently being met.

Kick It – Drug Treatment Services in Gateshead
This website focuses on the local picturein Gateshead; the advice and information services that are offered; the treatments that are available, and how to get into them.

he Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership (N-DAP) exists to bring together a wide range of agencies from the public, voluntary, community and private sectors who work alongside the Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) to deliver the National Strategy at a local level.

The North East Council on Addiction – “To promote the prevention, recognition and treatment associated to use and misuse of substances including alcohol, drugs and gambling.”

New Highway
We are New Highway the charity formerly known as Bath Area Drug Advisory Service (BADAS) and we provide free, confidential services for anyone concerned about their own, or someone else’s drug use or drinking.

At NORCAS, we believe that change happens when we work together. Over the last 30 years, we’ve worked with thousands of people to help them overcome their addiction or dependency to alcohol, drugs or gambling. And with the valuable support of our funders, donors and partners, we’re able to continue providing greatly needed services to change more people’s lives.

Phoenix Futures
Every person who is dependent on drugs and alcohol has the potential to rebuild their life. This is our vision.

Turning Point
Turning Point exists to enable people with serious problems related to alcohol, drugs, mental health and learning difficulties to live a more independent life as part of their communities.

Welcome Solihul
Welcome is an independent Charity which operates a tier 2, low threshold, easy access service for residents of Solihull. Welcome has been set up to provide a range of different services to support people who experience a range of problems and difficulties as they seek to rebuild their lives during or after a period of drug misuse. Welcome recognises the impact of substance misuse on individuals as well as the wider community. As a result of this we provide a comprehensive range of interventions, ranging from a simple chat through to advice on Hepatitis ‘B’ Immunisation and structured counselling.

Mainliners is a limited company and a registered national HIV charity working with ex and current injecting drug users, commercial sex workers and others directly affected by these and other issues such as hepatitis.

Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners trust

Substance Misuse Umbrella Groups and Others

The Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) is the professional body for practitioners working with people with substance use problems.

The London Drug and Alcohol Network

National Association of Alchohol and Drug Abuse Counsellors (UK)

Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP)
Substance Misuse Management in General Practice (SMMGP) is a network to support GPs & other members of the primary health care team who work with substance misuse in the UK. The project team produces the SMMGP newsletter (Network) & organises the annual conference ‘Managing Drug Users in General Practice’.

Womens Aid UK
Women’s Aid is the key national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children. We support a network of over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the UK.