The Cocaine Trade

Oral Evidence
Tuesday 23 June 2009

This is the second evidence session in the Committee’s inquiry into the Cocaine Trade.

The Independent Drugs Monitoring Unit is, despite its name, a company that carries out regular surveys of drug-takers, especially at pop festivals, clubs, etc, asking them about their habits - what drugs they buy, how often, at what price, from whom. Its evidence is intended to give the Committee an impression of the cocaine users - who they are, why they take the drug, how influenced they are by price or health advertising.

Release is an independent centre of information and expertise on drugs. It is trying to promote an informed debate on drugs, and its strategy has included an advertising campaign on buses-which has recently been pulled after complaints.

The Committee is taking evidence from:

At 11.30 am
Matthew Atha, Director & Principal Consultant, Independent Drug Monitoring Unit

At 12 Noon
Sebastian Saville, Executive Director, Release

The session is expected to last 1 hour.

Location: Room 8, Palace of Westminster.

The session will be open to the public on a first come, first served basis. There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in Committee Rooms. It is advisable to allow about 20 minutes to pass through security checks. Committee room and timing are subject to change.