Dr Lucy Webb

Lucy Webb is a lecturer, researcher and practitioner, specialising in substance misuse, and mental health among adults and young people. Her research interests lie in treatment engagement, service access and provision in the substance misuse field, and risk factors for social exclusion for vulnerable adults and young people. She has conducted quantitative research of care pathways and provision for alcohol services, mental health provision in young people’s substance misuse services. Skilled and experienced in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, she has experience in working with third sector providers to better evaluate and measure service effectiveness, and working in collaboration with consumers/service users to explore more suitable avenues to health and social wellbeing.

Lucy is developing a co-production methodology with existing community projects, and, while currently innovative, this research-in-process is informing further development of community led research and evaluation.


Cause and manner of death associated with use of NPS: a population-wide data analysis of the UK since 2007

This presentation will focus on an analysis of national related deaths data involving new psychoactive substances. Over 500 deaths have occurred in the four home nations of the UK up to 2016 involving new psychoactive substances and the rate of mortality is rising with the popularity of the drugs, access and variability in their makeup. Current analysis shows that drug deaths related to NPS occur among a younger cohort in comparison with heroin and cocaine deaths, deaths are more common among males than females, in comparison with heroin and cocaine related deaths, that cause of death is typically associated with a cardio-vascular event and poly-substance use is most likely to be the norm. Our analysis looks at cause of death, drugs present at toxicology, drug levels and demographics of NPS death cohorts.

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