Professor Julian Buchanan has worked in the drugs field for over 25 years. As a probation officer/drug specialist in Bootle, Merseyside in the early 1980s he pioneered a risk reduction approach and was a founder member of the South Sefton community drugs team – one of the largest multi-agency community drugs teams in the UK. He moved to academia in 1996 where he continued his work in drugs and set up new modules and programmes to help students critically examine drug use. He has completed 22 research projects, published 19 journal articles including ‘The War on Drugs: A War on Drug Users’, 19 book chapters including‘Tackling Problem Drug Use: A New Conceptual Framework’ and presented 22 conference papers including an invitation to speak at the National Drug Treatment Conference. In 2009 he co-edited Effective Practice in Health, Social Care & Criminal Justice published by Open University Press, chapters he contributed include: ‘Understanding and misunderstanding problem drug use’ and ‘Parental drug use and safeguarding children’ (co-authored with the late Brian Corby).
Julian has moved to New Zealand since making these videos.