Caroline Copeland

Lecturer in Neuropharmacology


Caroline Copeland is a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Medicine at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, King’s College London, where she is the Director of The National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths (NPSAD). NPSAD has been collecting information about drug-related deaths from across the UK since 1997. In-depth information regarding demographics of decedents and toxicology reports is analysed and reported to Public Health England, the Home Office’s independent Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs, and local authority drug death forums, to inform and guide drug policy. Caroline also performs independent research using this data, most recently publishing on the extent of fentanyl-related deaths in England.