BBPA publishes updated guide on drugs and pubs

20/07/2017 - 12:45
The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has today (July 20th) published an updated guide on the laws around drugs and how to deal with drug use on licensed premises, ‘A guide to keeping a drug free pub.’

Created with input from the Home Office and National Pubwatch, the guide aims to ensure that licensees and their staff are fully informed and equipped for tackling drug-related issues. As such, it contains new, specific advice on the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 along with information on door searches, commonly used drugs and how to identify drug use.

Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA said: 
“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, added: 
“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.”

The guide can be downloaded for free via the BBPA website:

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