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Associate Member of the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Middlesex University, Middlesex University

Niamh Eastwood is Executive Director of Release. Having worked in drug policy for almost 20 years Niamh is passionate about drug policy reform and believes that the most vulnerable in society are disproportionately impacted upon by the current drug laws.

Niamh has co-authored Release’s two policy papers ‘The Colour of Injustice: Race, Drugs and Law Enforcement in England and Wales’ and ‘A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe’. She has also co-authored and edited a number of Release’s advice booklets including ‘Drugs and the Law’ and ‘Sex Workers and the Law’, she regularly contributes to drug policy journals and publications. Niamh is also responsible for drafting many of Release’s briefings for parliamentarians and policy makers. She has presented at international and national conferences and is regularly invited to comment in the media.

Niamh is a member of the Expert Steering Group for the Global Drug Survey, a Committee Member for DrugScience and has been a technical advisor to the Global Commission on Drug Policy.


  • 2012–2022
    Executive Director , Release