Local and Regional Drug Policy Reforms.

Transform works locally and regionally with police, councils and health groups to develop innovative new approaches to reducing drug harms.

These include:

  • Helping to establish Diversion Schemes, which move people caught in possession of drugs away from the criminal justice system and into support
  • Supporting the adoption of Heroin Assisted Treatment for those people struggling most with opiate dependency
  • Calling for Overdose Prevention Centres (Supervised Drug Consumption Rooms), to take people injecting drugs off the street, and into a clean environment where they are offered treatment, healthcare and support
  • Encouraging Drug Safety Testing at festivals, night-time venues and city centre locations to reduce the number of drug-related hospitalisations and deaths.

Our work in local areas demonstrates that new approaches to drugs, including regulation, are possible, and can reduce the risks to individuals and communities.


Decriminalisation of people who use drugs: Reducing harm, improving health, helping the vulnerable and releasing resources.

The UK’s approach to drugs has lead to record levels of drug-related deaths, criminalises and stigmatises millions, while sweeping many young people into a current of criminality they can’t escape. Decriminalising drugs can reduce or eliminate these problems.

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Safer Drug Consumption Rooms: Saving lives, making communities safer.

Safer Drug Consumption Rooms (DCRs) significantly reduce: fatal overdoses and needle sharing that can lead to infections, including HIV and hepatitis; high risk public injecting; and discarded needles, while increasing numbers entering treatment.

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Drug Safety Testing: Saving lives, increasing awareness.

Knowing what is in any drug, and how strong it is, can reduce the risk of overdose, poisoning or long term damage. But how does drug safety testing work?

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Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT): Saving lives, improving health, reducing crime.

Prescribing heroin for some dependent users is called heroin assisted treatment (HAT). The practice is well established, already legal under UK (and international) law, and has a long history with many benefits to public health.

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Scottish Drug Policy Reform: Keeping vulnerable people safer by putting health first.

The Scottish Government has a unique opportunity to deliver innovative drug policy that would transform Scotland from the drug-death capital of Europe, to a beacon of compassionate, effective approaches.

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Hitting heroin and crack markets: Funding heroin assisted treatment through increased proceeds of crime act money.

Our approach to heroin and crack markets cannot continue as it is. This briefing outlines how the Proceeds of Crime Act can help fund Heroin Assisted Treatment.

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