We are an exciting and creative group comprising Manchester Met academics from a range of disciplines, as well as community partners and associates from policy and practice around the UK and internationally.
The overall purpose of SUAB is to develop and conduct research and related activities that ultimately result in a better service for people who experience problematic substance use.
We aim to achieve this through the production of high quality research, ensuring this is disseminated and applied to policy and practice.
Our group’s activities include:
- Delivering high quality research which is responsive to the needs of individuals and is driven by policy and practice needs and community voices
- Building international, national and regional networks of colleagues researching and practising in the area of a range of legal and illegal substances (these include alcohol, prescription drugs, new psychoactive substances, performance enhancing substances, and addictive behaviours, for example, gambling or eating disorders)
- Acting as a conduit for knowledge exchange between policy, practice and research
- Providing education, training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in response to the needs of our regional, national and international partners from policy and practice
- Developing novel approaches to the laboratory and field detection of substances of abuse, illicit drugs and new psychoactive substances
- Understanding the chemical, pharmaceutical and biological properties of substances of abuse, illicit drugs and new psychoactive substances
- Developing technologies to identify the sources and restrict/control the trafficking of new psychoactive substances on a local, national and international level