Release is a UK charity with the following mission: "Release believes in a just and fair society where drug policies should reduce the harms associated with drugs, and where those who use drugs are treated based on principles of human rights, dignity and equality". Release has launched the following survey and has asked Bluelight to promote it. Note that it is not a university-led research project, and therefore has not received ethics approvals through those channels. I've done my own review of the survey and the questions, and I'm confident there is neglible risk in participating, and also confident that the information will be put to good use through this charity and their connections with others in the drug law reform space. Please consider participating if you are in the UK!
SURVEY LINK! https://www.release.org.uk/coronavirus-drug-purchases-impact-surveyThe purpose of this survey is to monitor changes in the UK’s drug supply – and how people buy their drugs – that may arise following lockdown restrictions because of coronavirus.
This is a confidential survey. Your data is anonymous, so we will not be able to tell who you are and we do not ask you for identifiable information. (But we do ask for your age, gender, your occupation.)
We will ask questions about a recent drug purchase, including its date, location (UK region), drug type, price, and quantity; how you think buying may be different compared to your purchases before the virus (things like difficulty of finding products and sellers, changes in product quality, price, weight), and whether you sourced from the darknet.
How we will use the information you give us. The answers from the many people in the UK who take part in this survey will be collected into a dataset and stored securely. Release will use the results to help us better understand how the UK’s drug supplies may be changing as a result of coronavirus. Knowing this is important for the work that Release does in providing free non-judgmental, specialist advice and information to the public and professionals on issues related to drug use and to drug laws. We will share the dataset with expert drug researchers from UK universities who will further analyse the data and publish scientific papers about the results.
The survey should take about 5-6 minutes to complete.
If you are interested in knowing more about our research, then please get in touch with Niamh Eastwood at [email protected].
This is a voluntary survey and you are under no obligation to take part. However, if you are willing to participate, you must: Be over the age of 18 AND live in the UK