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DrugScope is a UK-based charity. It is the UK membership organisation for those working in the drugs field and its aim is to inform the public about drugs, inform policy development and reduce drug-related harms.[1] The charity's office is in Central London though its members are spread throughout the UK.

DrugScope was formed in the year 2000 from the merger of the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence, (ISDD) and the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse (SCODA).


The charity provides information on all aspects of drugs and drug use, maintaining a searchable database of over 100,000 books and journals, an online directory of treatment and other drugs services in England and Wales,[2] a daily subscription drug and alcohol news service,[3] and with representatives regularly in the media contributing to articles about drugs .[4][5][6][7][8][9][10]

The charity publishes a bi-monthly magazine called Druglink,[11] which is geared at those working or studying in the drugs field. It has also produced a website for Key Stage 3 children (aged 11 to 14) called D-World.[12]

Charity status[edit]

DrugScope is a registered and independent charity in the UK, number 255030, and a registered company limited by guarantee in England, number 926236. DrugScope is supported by a variety of organisations, including Government, trusts and sponsors. It relies on donations and grants to support its work.


  1. ^ BBC NEWS | Health | Many young men 'abusing steroids'
  2. ^ http://www.drugscope.org.uk/resources/databases/helpfinder/
  3. ^ http://www.dsdaily.org.uk
  4. ^ Times Online - The Times and Sunday Times
  5. ^ BBC NEWS | England | West Midlands | Homes turned into 'drug factories'
  6. ^ Police say crystal meth use rising in UK - Telegraph
  7. ^ How dangerous is cannabis? - Lancashire Evening Post
  8. ^ BBC - Newsbeat - Health - Q&A: Crystal meth
  9. ^ DrugScope: Funding questions unanswered
  10. ^ Loss of benefits threat for drug users avoiding treatment
  11. ^ DrugScope | Druglink | Druglink home
  12. ^ http://www.drugscope-dworld.org.uk/wip/24/index.htm D-World

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