Developing research to inform policy and practice

The Drugs Research Network for Scotland aim to create and encourage the sharing of knowledge around drug related issues through collaboration across disciplines, organisations and countries to generate high-quality evidence that will inform developments in policy and practice.

DRNS Mapping Exercise

Since the start of this year, the DRNS team have been working to update the mapping of Scottish research activities that relate to substance use and/or people who use drugs.

The initial mapping was published in 2016 with DRNS continuing to make updates in 2018 and 2020. The next update from 2023 is now available to view.

We acknowledge that, while this incorporates a considerable amount of work, there may be missing projects and outputs.’

If you are aware of work that is missing or any errors, please do send these to Access the mapping here.

About DRNS

Established in August 2017 and funded by the Scottish Government, the Drugs Research Network for Scotland (DRNS) aims to facilitate knowledge exchange between the contributors, creators and users of drugs research to promote the generation of high-quality evidence that will inform developments in policy and practice. The DRNS aims to foster a strong community to enhance capacity and maximise investment into Scottish drugs research.

Membership changes

On 9 May 2024, the members-only intranet portal on the DRNS website is scheduled to be discontinued. We kindly urge you to take advantage of the interim period to download any files you may wish to retain before the portal’s closure. Should you have any questions or require assistance during this transition, feel free to reach out to us via email at