New approaches to drug use, policy and harm reduction.
Drug Policy Exhibition
23rd January 2020, Colston Hall 17:00-19:30
A unique opportunity to discover more about drug cultures, treatment and policy. Over 20 interactive exhibitions will explore what drives drug consumption, how the global trade affects communities across the world, and how local services support those most in need. This is your chance to think differently about drugs, explore alternative approaches to regulating the market, and help Bristol lead the way in doing things better.
Mock-up Safer Drug Consumption Room – Transform Drug Policy Foundation and Bristol Drugs Project
See what a Safe Drug Consumption Room looks like and how it can save lives. There are over 150 similar facilities worldwide, but none in the UK yet.
Transform Drug Policy Foundation
Bristol-based charity Transform will explain how drugs could be legally regulated.
Anyone’s Child: Families for Safer Drug Control is an international network of families whose lives have been harmed by current drug laws and are now campaigning to change them.
Anyone’s Child Mexico
Through this interactive documentary hear directly from Mexican families whose lives have been damaged by the War on Drugs.
Presenting their work on drug safety testing, welfare and harm reduction at nightclubs and festivals.
Jack Spicer, University of the West of England and Matthew Bacon, University of Sheffield
What are the challenges, innovations and reform in the policing of drugs? This stall examines recent innovations in drugs policing, including the use of ‘diversion schemes’ for people caught in possession.
Olivia Maynard, Jasmine Khouja and Maddie Svenson, University of Bristol
What is the current UK policy position on e-cigarettes and the regulation of additives in e-cigarette liquids?
Lindsey Porter, University of Bristol
What are the ethics of drug use? Exploring questions such as ‘Is it wrong to get high?’; ‘Is intoxication a ‘false pleasure’”?’ and do; ‘Do people who are harmed by drug use ‘“get what they deserve’”?.’
Professor Matthew Hickman, University of Bristol and Deborah Hussey, Bristol Drugs Project
Why use low dead space needles and syringes? Presenting posters, booklets and a film designed with and for people who inject drugs, to promote the benefits of low dead space equipment alongside broader harm reduction approaches.
Bristol Drugs Project
Shining a light on harm reduction work and presenting “A Day in the Life of” – a photography project supporting work on skin and soft tissue infections.
Developing Health and Independence
Showcasing work on DHI’s innovative Families Service and Peer Work and their work on drug treatment.
Alison Golden-Wright, University of Bristol Student Services and Jess Winkler, University of the West of England Student Services
Drug policy and the higher education system.
Joanna Mallinson, The Bespoke Education Project
Demonstrating Joanna’s work with schools who are committed to change-focused drug and alcohol education
The Conservative Drug Policy Reform Group
Promoting debate on drug policy reform among conservatives through examining evidence for change.
The Labour Campaign for Drug Policy Reform Group
A forum for Labour members and supporters to debate and shape Labour’s drug policy for the future.
Karina Garcia-Reyes, University of Bristol
Real-life testimonies from young people caught up in Mexican narco gangs. How do they understand their jobs in drug trafficking? Is fiction portrayed in Hollywood movies and Netflix series similar to reality?
Matthew Brown, University of Bristol
Exploring memories from the margins of armed conflict in Colombia, including violence catalysed by illegal drug production and trafficking.
Neil Carrier and Gernot Klantschnig, University of Bristol
Exploring Africa’s role in the global trade and control of drugs. How have foreign-inspired policies failed to help African drug users, but strengthened the role of corrupt and brutal law enforcement officers.
Emily Crick, University of Bristol
‘Are drugs a threat to humankind and the state?’ Exploring some of the more absurd things politicians have said about drugs.
Vicky Carlisle, University of Bristol and Jon Shorrock, Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Tackling the stigma and busting the myths on Opioid Substitution.
Bristol Cannabis Social Club
A new approach to regulating the use of cannabis through membership clubs
Sally Adams and Tom Freeman, Addiction and Mental Health Group (AIM), University of Bath
An interactive stall including pouring out a unit of alcohol, demonstrating the testing of synthetic cannabis, CBD productions and breath carbon monoxide readings.
Jana Lutus and Laura Brocklebank, University of Bristol
How important is our immediate environment for reducing alcohol consumption? Demonstrating the use of ‘choice architecture’ or ‘nudging’ to reduce alcohol consumption through glass shape, the availability of non-alcoholic drinks; and alcohol health warning labels.