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‘Drugs and Pubs’ – National Pubwatch film for licensees

On 11/01/18 by Philippa Borrowman (Policy and Information Officer)

Ensuring illegal substances are never used in licensed venues is a challenge, but with the help of National Pubwatch’s new film, ‘Drugs and Pubs’, licensees can gain insight into how best to approach the issue, and what to do if you think drugs are being used on your premises.

National Pubwatch has highlighted that no matter how well a venue is run, no licensee is immune to the problem of drug use in pubs.
The new film highlights ways in which pubs can deal with drug users and dealers in pubs, how security can be trained to identify and handle drugs, as well as the negative effects which ignoring the issue can have on your business. It follows recently updated guidance produced by the BBPA in August 2017.

The film hopes to inform licensees in an engaging and interesting way, to signpost where further information can be obtained in the event that drugs are being used on the premises.

BBPA guidance, available on our website here, similarly highlights some of the key issues underlying drug use in pubs, explains the law around drugs, how to identify drugs and drug users, how to prevent drug use on premises, and how to deal with those in possession of drugs.

Both the National Pubwatch film and BBPA guidance aim to support licensees in creating a safe and secure environment for customers to promote all four of the licensing objectives:
- Prevention of crime and disorder;
- Public safety;
- Prevention of public nuisance;
- Protection of children from harm

Taking steps towards preventing drug use in pubs is vital. Illegal drug use will damage trade and reputation, could result in other criminal activities such as violence, and risks the loss of licence.

The new and updated BBPA website, due to be launched in Spring 2018, is just one of the ways which licensees can stay informed and up-to-date on best practice. The website will provide easy-to-access guidance on this and many other issues, as well as relevant news updates tailored to specific policy areas.


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