Find a news story

Refine your search here

Back to news page

BBPA publishes updated guide on drugs and pubs


The BBPA has now published an updated guide for licensees on the laws around drugs as well as a host of useful information on how to deal with drug use and drug users on licensed premises.

Drugs and pubs: A guide to keeping a drug free pub, is free to download on the BBPA website, contains new, specific advice on the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 and on door searches, along with detailed information on commonly used drugs and how to identify drug use.

The guide will ensure that licensees and their staff can be fully informed and equipped to tackle drug-related issues. It has been produced with valuable input from the Home Office and National Pubwatch.

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, comments:

“Drugs can be associated with the night-time economy, and even the best-run premises are not always immune.

“A proactive approach to tackling illicit drugs and a strong relationship with the police and local authorities are the best way forward.

“Following this guidance will further ensure that licensees and staff are fully up-to-date on the law, and well equipped to deal with these issues.”

Steve Baker, Chairman of National Pubwatch, adds:

“National Pubwatch is pleased to have contributed to this important new guidance from the BBPA. Individuals who either use or deal in drugs can have a disproportionate impact on the pub and hospitality industry.

“It is in everyone's interest that we work together to tackle the people who pose a real threat to customer safety and business profitability.”


Responsiblity Deal , Regulation

For further information contact:

Jack Shepherd
Policy and Information Officer
Tel: 02076279143

Just loading our latest tweet...