Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign

Guernsey Drug Strategy Campaign

Putting an end to the War On Drugs!

Juley 2016 Survey Results

We are pleased to announce the results from the GDSC ‘July 2016 Survey’ which covers drug use and its impact in Guernsey.

If we take the results as representational data for the wider population we can see that:


  • 65% of the islands population believes criminalising drug users is, in respect of preventing addiction, not effective at all
  • 75% of the islands population believes Guernsey should move to treating drug use, abuse & addiction as a health issue.
  • 35% of the islands population know someone who has died from taking illegally obtained pharmaceutical drugs
  • 31% of the islands population know someone who has died from taking illegal drugs e.g. ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, NPS) [excluding cannabis]
  • 77% of the islands population have used cannabis


With one third of the islands prison population incarcerated for drug related offences it is clear that drug policy reform is needed urgently so that focus is moved away from criminalisation and towards curing addiction.


You can download the full report below

Juley 2017 Survey Results

We are pleased to announce the results from the GDSC ‘July 2017 Survey’ which covers drug use and its impact in Guernsey.

If we take the results as representational data for the wider population we can see that:


  • 67% of the islands population believes criminalising drug users is, in respect of preventing addiction, not effective at all
  • 77% of the islands population believes Guernsey should move to treating drug use, abuse & addiction as a health issue.
  • 26% of the islands population know someone who has died from taking illegally obtained pharmaceutical drugs
  • 26% of the islands population know someone who has died from taking illegal drugs e.g. ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, NPS) [excluding cannabis]
  • 74% of the islands population have used cannabis


With the worlds drug policy landscape in a constant state of change we cannot help but wonder what 2018 will bring. Is now the right time for change in Guernsey? Do we have enough public support and will our islands leaders step up?


You can download the full report below

Juley 2018 Survey Results

We are pleased to announce the results from the GDSC ‘July 2087 Survey’ which covers drug use and its impact in Guernsey.

If we take the results as representational data for the wider population we can see that:


  • 74% of the islands population believes criminalising drug users is, in respect of preventing addiction, not effective at all
  • 80% of the islands population believes Guernsey should move to treating drug use, abuse & addiction as a health issue.
  • 28% of the islands population know someone who has died from taking illegally obtained pharmaceutical drugs
  • 29% of the islands population know someone who has died from taking illegal drugs e.g. ecstasy, heroin, cocaine, NPS) [excluding cannabis]
  • 78% of the islands population have used cannabis


We are seeing a continuing trend in these surveys as the islands population gets re-educated about drug addiction. Furthermore - We are watching with keen interest following the announcement from HSC that it “has brought forward a review of the current drug and alcohol strategy” to 2019. And that the “review will specifically consider the different approaches and criminal justice regimes of other jurisdictions.”

Will we see the much needed change in drug policy this year!!?


You can download the full report below

Putting an end to the War On Drugs!