Welcome to the Centre for Drug Misuse Research

Findings of the 2014 ‘Legal High’ National Online Survey

The 2014 Legal High National Online Survey closed on 30th September 2014, and a final report of the findings has now been completed. We are extremely grateful to the 1,172 individuals who spared their time to take our survey, and all those who helped to promote this survey in their services and communities. A full report will also be available to download very soon.

The survey findings were recently orally presented by Dr Christopher Russell at two meetings on Novel Psychoactive Substances, organised by Public Health England (26th Nov.) and NHS Lanarkshire (27th Nov.). To view Dr Russell’s slides from these presentations, click here: Slides – Survey Findings.

If you would like Dr Russell to present the survey methodology and findings at an event in 2015, please email to chrisrussell@drugmisuseresearch.org.

In the New year, we will begin planning the 2015 Legal High National Online Survey.

Lastly, we are currently conducting an online survey of the use, experiences and attitudes  towards ‘legal highs’ in Jersey as part of broader assessment of the nature, extent, and impact of drug use on the island. This survey closes on 28th February, 2015.


Recent Report: Plain Tobacco Packaging: Evidence-based Policy or Public Health Advocacy

Within the last few years, a clear consensus has emerged amongst tobacco control researchers on the value of tobacco plain packaging. In particular, it is claimed that by packaging tobacco products in plain or standardised form, smoking prevalence will reduce. To date, Australia is the only country to have adopted the policy, although UK Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison, recently expressed her desire for the UK to follow suit following the report of a commissioned review of the evidence. In this paper, we examine the evidence that plain tobacco packaging will reduce smoking prevalence and consider whether support for the policy has more to do with public health advocacy than science.

This report is now being prepared for peer reviewed publication. For information on this report contact Professor Neil McKeganey at: cdmres@drugmisuseresearch.org Mob: 07519647386

Welcome to CDMR

The Centre for Drug Misuse Research (CDMR) specialises in undertaking large and small scale studies in a variety of areas to do with substance use and abuse. Our team includes the skills of sociologists and psychologists. Our research capacities encompass the design and execution of large scale surveys based on interviewing substantial numbers of individuals over time and spread across a wide range of locations, as well as carrying out more focussed qualitative work involving semi-structured and focus group interviews with smaller numbers of individuals.

We are expert in carrying out challenging research and understand the need to work flexibly to ensure that  research reaches the most difficult to contact individuals. Our work is conducted to the highest ethical standard and will always respect the confidences of both the funders and participants of our research. We are currently undertaking the national evaluation of drug recovery wing pilots within prisons funded by the Department of Health. We are undertaking this research in collaboration with the University of York and Cambridge University. Staff within CDMR are responsible for assessing the impact of the pilot drug recovery wings.

The research team are skilled in discussing with potential funders the nature of their information needs and identifying how these may be met by tailored research. We are able to produce timely and (where funders deem appropriate) confidential reports outlining the results of research undertaken. Where funders are keen to publicise the research undertaken within their organisation, staff within CDMR have extensive experience of working with a variety of media to successfully secure widespread coverage of research results.

We have carried out research for a wide range of public and private organisations and are expert in such areas as:

  • Survey design and analysis
  • Qualitative data collection and its analysis
  • Programme and Service Evaluation
  • Improving Decision Making in Relation to Drug and Alcohol Work
  • Policy Analysis and Horizon Scanning in relation to Future Problems.

The team at CDMR undertake research in a  variety of contexts including  health, criminal justice, social work, and with a wide range of population groups.