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am presently doing reseach on drug use in students.
I would firsly like to know what IDMU stands for and
a little history of it. I would like to know what kind
of organisation it is and if it is recognised as a reputable
and trusted source of information.
stands for Independent Drug Monitoring Unit (IDMU Ltd),
we are an independent research consultancy specialising
in the study of drug consumption patterns and the drugs
market in the UK, as well as many other aspects of drug
use and abuse.
conduct annual surveys each involving over 1000 users,
via anonymous questionnaires distributed at pop festivals,
other events, and via snowballing.
have no political axe to grind, nor are we responsible
to funding bodies, and are therefore free to 'tell it
like it is'. The bulk of our funding arises from Legal
Aid fees for expert evidence in the criminal courts,
a large proportion of which is ploughed back into research
would particularly welcome the opportunity to distribute
surveys via drugs advice agencies and clinics, as the
data on regular heroin/cocaine/amphetamine users is
limited by the low numbers who attend events where we
distribute. Our data on cannabis consumption and the
cannabis market is internally consistent, and I am confident
in its validity, given the very large samples we are
welcome approaches from students and academic researchers
in the drugs field for collaborative projects, as we
have far more data than we have the time or resources
to write up and publish. We can also allow new questions
to be added to the survey in any particular year, retaining
a number of core questions which appear every year.
of our research findings were published in the companion
volume of evidence submitted to the House of Lords Cannabis
enquiry. We have a good informal relationship with the
Home Office Research & Statistics Directorate, and
were consultants to the UK Medicinal Cannabis Project/GW