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BBPA publishes updated guide on drugs and pubs

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) has published an updated guide for licensees on the laws surrounding drugs.

“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 their use.

The guide has been produced with input from the Home Office and National Pubwatch.

BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds 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 licensees and staff are fully up to date on the law and well equipped to deal with these issues.”

National Pubwatch chairman Steve Baker added: “It is in everyone’s interest we work together to tackle the people who pose a real threat to customer safety and business profitability.”


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