Welcome to Substance Misuse & Crime Research

Substance Misuse & Crime Research developed out of the Centre for Drug Misuse Research. In contrast to CDMR, Substance Misuse and Crime Research is a not-for-profit company specialising in research in the areas of drugs and crime.  SMCR has a diverse staff which include medical doctors, sociologists, criinologists, psychologists, and anthropologists, who collaborate on research projects in the areas of drugs and crime.  Previous and current work includes national, regional and service-level surveys based on interviewing substantial numbers of individuals, as well as more targeted qualitative work conducted through semi-structured individual and focus group interviews with specific client groups.

We are expert in conducting research in challenging environments and understand the need to work flexibly to ensure that our research reaches even the most difficult to contact groups. Our research work is subject to ethical review and will always respect the confidences of our funders, researchers and participants.

SMCR’s research team is expert in discussing with potential funders the nature of their information needs and identifying how these may be met by tailored research. We produce timely and (where funders deem appropriate) confidential reports summarising research findings. Where funders are keen to disseminate research undertaken within their organisation, SMCR’s team has vast experience in working with a variety of media to secure widespread coverage of research.

Over many years we have carried out research for a wide range of public and private organisations and are expert in areas such as:

  • Survey Design and Analysis
  • Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
  • Programme and Service Evaluation
  • Improving Decision Making in Relation to Drug and Alcohol Work
  • Policy Analysis and Horizon Scanning in Relation to Future Problems.

The Substance Misuse and Crime Research team has extensive experience of conducting research in a  variety of social care and criminal justice contexts and with a diverse range of population groups. At present, SMCR is collaborating with researchers at Edinburgh, York, and Cambridge Universities on research on drug use in prisons, and is conducting research on drug supply chains into custodial settings within the UK and other European centres.