Professor Dame Carol Black to lead Home Office review into drugs and serious violence

The Principal of Newnham, Professor Dame Carol Black, has been appointed by the Home Secretary to lead a major review that will examine many aspects of the use and supply of illicit drugs, and associated harm and violence.

The review, which will build on existing government strategies to combat drugs, serious violence and serious and organised crime, will examine the harms that drugs cause and the best ways to deter drug-taking. Professor Black has previously provided expert advice to the government on the impact of drug addiction.

The changing drugs market is identified in the government’s Serious Violence Strategy as one of the main drivers of the recent increase in violent crime.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, “We know the sale and use of drugs is driving serious violence. This review will give us a greater understanding of the drugs market so we can make our action even more targeted. Dame Carol has a wealth of experience and I am confident that she will bring independence, integrity and a strong focus to the review.”

Professor Black said, “It is an enormous pleasure to have been asked to lead such an important piece of work which will provide an in- depth, evidence -based review of the demographics of drug use and drug supply.”