UK substance use policy research should think local.

Haydock, W., 2015. UK substance use policy research should think local. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 15 (3).

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DOI: 10.1108/DAT-02-2015-0006


Purpose This paper considers how policy researchers should respond to recent developments in substance use and the governance of drug and alcohol policy in the UK. Design/methodology/approach The paper takes two elements from the 2010 UK Drug Strategy –supply and treatment –and considers a case study in each to briefly examine the potential role of local policymakers in shaping how substance use is experienced. Findings It is argued that the Coalition Government’s health reforms have given local commissioners greater autonomy over treatment policy than they had under the preceding Labour Government. Similarly, the regulation of new psychoactive substances in the UK has left local areas to determine their own approach to controlling supply through retail outlets. Research limitations/implications Drawing on the broader academic literature on policymaking, this paper calls for ethnographic research into local policymaking related to substance use, which will help to illuminate how perceived policy problems are shaped by particular local systems and understandings of evidence. Originality/value While this paper is not unique in identifying the importance of locally-based research, it identifies the particular relevance of this research agenda in the UK today. It seeks to inform and encourage research that can shape the development of local policymaking.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Alcohol policy ; Drug policy ; Localism ; Methodology ; New psychoactive substances ; Public health
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:22426
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:14 Sep 2015 13:57
Last Modified:16 Sep 2015 15:19


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