UK and Ireland Drug Watch

UK and Ireland DrugWatch is an informal online Professional Information Network (PIN). DrugWatch was set up in November 2010 by a group of professionals working in the drugs sector. The group was established in light of the lack of useful information around the 2010 heroin drought, the rise of NPS and the subsequent plethora of random, often inaccurate drug alerts/warnings.


The aim of the group is to raise/establish standards for drug information, alerts and warnings. It is currently an unfunded, bottom-up initiative that works in the spirit of mutual co-operation.


Local Early Warning Systems and Downloadable Resources

UK and Ireland DrugWatch members have produced a number of information briefings and other resources for professionals (some available to download from this page) and have provided advice around numerous NPS and adulterated ‘traditional’ drug incidences. It also acts as an advisory body to a number of other professional information networks. The national guidelines for Drug Alerts and local drug information systems is available here. This model is currently being developed in Greater Manchester.



DrugWatch Forum

UK and Ireland DrugWatch is a closed group that feeds into a number of different information exchange networks. The Drug Watch Forum is a group of professionals who share information on new and adulterated drugs and is free and open to all professionals to join. For further details contact Michael Linnell.


UK and Ireland DrugWatch (Board)


Michael Linnell - Linnell Communications/
DrugWatch co-ordinator

Harry Shapiro - DrugWise
John Ramsey - TicTac
Annette Dale Perera - NHS /
Club Drug Clinic London.

Neil Hunt - Independent Consultant
Danny Morris - UKHRA & Independent Consultant
Kevin Flemen - KFX
Katy McLeod - Scottish Drugs Forum
Austin Smith - Scottish Drugs Forum
Michael Lawrence - Independent
Mark Adley -
Nigel Brunston - Injection Advice/HIT
Josie Smith - Public Health Wales
Rob Barker - Sands CYMRU
Iain CameronBelfast Drug Outreach
Chris RintoulCouncil for Homeless N.I.

Tony Duffin - Ana Liffey Drug Project

Alprazolam (Xanax) Drug Alerts & local drug information systems Spice (SCRAs) Briefing for professionals
BHO (Butane Hash Oil) Tramadol Etizolam
Nitrous oxide GHB/GBL Fentanyls