Research and analysis

Review of drugs: call for evidence

The review aims to provide a comprehensive picture of the use and supply of illicit drugs and to identify what more could be done to reduce harm to individuals and society.



In February, Dame Carol Black was appointed to lead a major independent review of illegal drug use and supply in the UK.

The review is in 2 parts.

Part 1 will summarise the existing evidence relating to drug use, supply and effects, including current trends and future risks; to highlight the most important gaps in that evidence; and to suggest how to address those gaps.

It will consider:

  • the demographics of drug use. This will look at demand, including who uses which types of drugs, together with patterns of and motivations for use
  • the drugs market. This will look at supply into the UK, how criminals meet the demand of users and the causes of drug-related violence

The scope for part 2 will be determined once the first part has reported.

Further information on the scope of the review and its terms of reference can be found on GOV.UK.

Published 10 May 2019