24th Annual Conference - Managing Drugs and Alcohol Problems in Primary Care – Navigating in Stormy Weather

London - 30 & 31 Jan 2020. Registration now open.

Registration for our annual conference is now open. Confirmed speakers include Prof David Nutt, Dr Cathy Stannard, Dr Ed Day (recently appointed as Government Drug Recovery Champion) and Dr Steve Brinksman.


New on our website this month:

Clinical Update Special Edition – this update focuses on the new prolonged release subcutaneous buprenorphine injection for opioid use disorder (Buvidal®). Three studies are summarised with individual commentary on the results of each study. A wider discussion then follows about the clinical implications of this exciting new technology.

Competent Compassion – an article by Dr Joss Bray who asks What is good practice and how do we measure it?

Surviving addiction – Paul B. wrote to us about his experience of addiction and recovery.


Drug Science Medical Cannabis Education for Healthcare Professionals Seminar
(Click on location to register interest)

Manchester 17th July 2019
London 18th July 2019
Edinburgh 31st July 2019


  • Prof David Nutt (chair). Edmond J. Safra Prof of Neuropsychopharmacology, Imperial College London
  • Clark French. Founder & Director, United Patients Alliance
  • Dr Matthew Hill. Executive Director, Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids
  • Dr Kishan Mahabir. Nephrologist and Medical Cannabis Expert at Sakura Medical Centre, Ontario, Canada

SMMGP Premium Membership

Webinar for Premium Members

Our next webinar for Premium Members is on the topic of Cannabis: Keeping up to date by Ian Hamilton, Associate Professor in Mental Health and Addiction, University of York.

This webinar will cover:

  • Different types of illicit cannabis and their potency
  • Cannabis dependency: what is known and unknown

Our Premium Membership scheme provides 15 hours of quality CPD annually via regular webinars with experts in the field and a Clinical Update (summary of research papers). Certificates are issued for attendance on the day, as well as an annual list of CPD for your records. Not yet a Premium Member? Join now.

Webinars (free access)

Now available to view on demand:

Buprenorphine prescribing in criminal justice settings: the real picture

An expert panel led by Dr Jake Hard, (Lead, RCGP Secure Environments Group) discusses buprenorphine prescribing in criminal justice settings in both secure environments and the community.