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PCC DN - Greater Manchester Emerging Drug Trends and Drug Testing (GM TRENDS)

The agreement with Manchester Metropolitan University provides for drug use monitoring to keep professionals and the public well-informed and respond to the threat of new, potent, or adulterated drugs.

The agreement includes a research project to identify changes and emerging issues in the use of substances by Greater Manchester residents and for 120 laboratory tests on samples obtained across Greater Manchester.

The 2023 research project has overrun the projected completion date of 31st August 2023 due to delays in drug samples being provided by GMP to enable laboratory analysis. The terminal date of this agreement is therefore proposed to be extended to 31st May 2024 by which time the young people’s element of the research will be published. There will be no additional funding required for the extension of the agreement.

Decision type: Non-key

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 08/07/2024

Decision due: 20 Jun 2024 by Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Contact: Lisa Lees Email:


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