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19th July 2017

BBPA publishes updated guide on drugs and pubs


The BBPA has today 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 and 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.”




For further information, please contact:

David Wilson, Director of Public Affairs: 020 7627 915107557 436 033

Neil Williams, Head of Media: 020 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779


Notes to editors:


The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.



Neil Williams

Head of Media

British Beer & Pub Association

020 7627 9156

07974 249 779

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