Russel Newcombe

Russell Newcombe has been doing research and training on drug use for 30 years. After completing his PhD, he conducted his initial drugs research at London, Liverpool and Manchester universities in the 1980s and 1990s. From the mid-1980s he helped pioneer the harm-reduction approach toward injecting drug users in Merseyside, and introduced a theoretical model for designing and evaluating harm-reduction interventions. His books on this early work include ‘Living with Heroin’ (co-author 1988) and ‘The Reduction of Drug-Related Harm’ (co-editor/author 1992).

In the 1990s, he helped launch the first safer clubbing policy in Manchester, and by the early 2000s he had completed his trilogy of “Dr Nuke’s Guides” to safer use of cannabis, amphetamines and hallucinogens: Potology, Whizzology and Tripology.  His most recent posts include Programme Leader of the MSc. in Drug Use & Addiction at Liverpool John Moore’s University (1998-2005), and Senior Researcher for Lifeline (Manchester, 2005-10). In 2010 he received the National Rolleston Award from Harm Reduction International, and the Bing Spear Medal from the Drug Policy Review Group. In 2011 he jointly received the Scientific Committee Award from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs & Drug Addiction (for journal paper on mephedrone use).

Since 2010, Russell has continued his work through his independent agency 3D Research. He is currently specializing in research and training on novel psychoactive substances (aka ‘legal highs’), and co-researched a multi-method study of NPS use in a town in northern England in 2015 (with Prof. Fiona Measham, and Mike Linnell).  He is also presently involved in research on discrimination against drug users and peer-led harm-reduction for the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD).

You can follow him on Twitter  @TheNewImpostor

Credits: 3d Research

Published:  27 February 2016

Last update: 23 August 2016

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