Resource Links

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

Academic and Research

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 place is fabulous! It ‘houses’ a collection of artefacts 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.

Social Work Training

Social Work Degrees

Social Work Degrees Online

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.

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

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.

“The Complete Guide to Bullying and Substance Abuse” Learn more about the link between bullying and substance abuse with this article from Keith Prance

Online Safety

The ultimate parent guide – Excellent article with practical steps to keep things safe at home.

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.

Housing, Homeless and Other

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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.

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.

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

PTSD self-test

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.

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.

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.

UK Drug Policy Commission
UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) is an independent body providing an 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 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

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

Alcohol Rehab Advice, such as Alcoholics Anonymous

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 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.

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”

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, behavioural 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.

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..

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.”

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.