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This report presents findings from a workshop held in Bristol. The workshop brought together academics and practitioners who work on drug policy issues and people with lived experiences of drug-related issues to critically explore the ethical and methodological opportunities and challenges faced when gathering and sharing real-life stories about drug use and dealing.

These findings are intended to guide researchers and academics working on these issues across different disciplines when they are submitting university ethics applications and for RECs to have a standardised, cross-disciplinary approach to assess and advise research on psychoactive substances.

This project is a collaboration between Transform Drug Policy Foundation and researchers at the University of Bristol, with funding from the Brigstow Institute.