European Drug Report 2014

How many new drugs were detected in Europe over the last year? Is cannabis getting stronger? How many Europeans have ever used an illicit drug? What are the latest drug policy developments in the region? These are just some of the questions explored in the European Drug Report: Trends and developments. This report provides a top-level overview of the long-term drug-related trends and developments at European level, while homing in on emerging problems in specific countries. Such a perspective is valuable, as it allows differing national experiences to be understood within the broader European context.

Download the report here

Regulating New Psychoactive Substances

The Criminal Justice Centre, School of Law, QMUL and DrugScience (ISCD) are delighted to invite you to Regulating New Psychoactive Substances: Science, Law and Policy, the first in a series of conferences exploring on The Future of Pharmacological Regulation.

1 May 2014 (9.00-17.00)
Barts Pathology Museum
3rd Floor Robin Brook Centre
West Smithfield
London EC1A 7BE

The day will include expert talks on the science, policy, law and market relating to NPS as well as a panel discussion on regulation and research and open discussion of how best to address the NPS issue.
The seminar is suitable for all those working in fields relating to NPS, including academic and scientific research, law, health, campaigning, drugs services, trading standards, border control, policing, domestic/European/international policy and more.

For full details, please download the conference pdf.

To book your place please visit:
and enter the password QMLawPharma followed by your details.

Please note attendees will be asked to make a small contribution of £10 towards catering.

Special OPEN ACCESS double issue of DTA: The current situation with cannabinoids

Wiley have kindly granted open access to the Jan/Feb 2014 double issue, which focuses on The current situation with cannabinoids. Guested edited by Les King and our very own Academic Liaison, Andrew Kicman, this double issue is packed full of great articles by leaders in the field, including Marilyn Huestis on oral fluid, LTG treasurer Atholl Johnston on cannabis & driving, etc.

It is not often that there is so much current info available for free, so don't miss the opportunity to take a look here;

The link is:

The LTG introduces their 2014 committee

The LTG committee was delighted by the overwhelming response to the call for new committee members. The position of secretary and 4 ordinary member positions were due for election at the December AGM. One application for secretary was submitted by our existing secretary; Susie Davies, who will re-stand for a further 2 years. Due to the level of interest the decision for ordinary members went to vote. Jane Eastwood and Andrew Clatworthy were re-elected. We are pleased to welcome 2 new members to the committee; Joanna Hockenhull, from Imperial College London and Stephanie Thompson, from HFL Sports Science. Congratulations to all successful candidates!

Winner of the 2013 John Jackson Prize for best poster

The LTG would like to congratulate Mohammad Zaher Shehab and co-workers at the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, University of Bath, on their winning poster, entitled; Tracking crack cocaine samples sources by using principle component analysis. Mohammad was awarded the 2013 John Jackson Prize for best poster presented by a young scientist. His abstract can be viewed here; Tracking crack cocaine samples sources by using principle component analysis

The first Brian Widdop Prize for best oral presentation has been awarded

Congratulations to Lewis Couchman, winner of the new Brian Widdop award for best oral presentation at the December 2013 Meeting. The title of the winning presentation was;  "A novel approach to quantitative LC-MS/MS: therapeutic drug monitoring of clozapine and norclozapine using isotopic internal calibration". We were honored to have Brian's son present the award on behalf of the family.

Forensic Science Regulator December 2013 Newsletter (No. 22)

The Forensic Science Regulator's latest newsletter is now available to download via the following link: Newsletter No. 22

December LTG Meeting: Call for Abstracts!

The next LTG will be the Christmas meeting, to be held on 13th December 2013 at Charles Darwin House Conference Centre. This meeting will take the form of a poster and oral session, plus our AGM. We invite contributions from membership;

Poster & Orals:

Posters are welcome to be displayed from all members, non-members and corporate members at this meeting. Please send the title of your poster, plus a short abstract if possible to . We have plenty of room to display lots of posters, so please bring as many as you wish and show your colleagues about all your projects, case work and research.

Instead of just poster presentations, we are offering a new element - mini oral presentations. The LTG have the pleasure in announcing a new prize - the Brian Widdop Prize for best oral presentation.

The committee have decided to open the Brian Widdop prize to all entrants, but the John Jackson prize will remain open only to 35 yrs and under. You do not have to be a member to enter an oral or poster presentation. Prizes of £100 for best poster and £150 for best oral are being offered, and will be judged by members of the Academic subgroup. A member of Brian Widdops family will be present to award the first prize.

We are now calling for abstracts for the oral presentations, then the committee can choose the best 5 or 6 to be presented on the day (all posters can be displayed). Please see guidance notes for this. Deadline is 1st November, with notification by mid November if your abstract has been selected for presentation. Please send your oral presentation abstract to

Decembers meeting will take the same formats as our previous meetings this year;

10:30 - 12:30 Oral presentations (15+5 min slots)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 16:00 Poster presentations
16:00 - 17:00 Presentation of prize, business meeting & AGM

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