The British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) has published an updated guide for licensees on drug laws and how to deal with drug use on licensed premises.
The information includes contains new advice on the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 and door searches, alongside detailed information on commonly used drugs and how to identify drug use.
Brigid Simmonds, chief executive of the BBPA, said: 'Drugs can be associated with the night-time economy, and even the best-run premises are not always immune. A proactive approach to tackling illicit drugs and a strong relationship with the police and local authorities are the best way forward.
'Following this guidance will further ensure that licensees and staff are fully up-to-date on the law, and well equipped to deal with these issues.'
Steve Baker, chairman of National Pubwatch, added: 'Individuals who either use or deal in drugs can have a disproportionate impact on the pub and hospitality industry.It is in everyone's interest that we work together to tackle the people who pose a real threat to customer safety and business profitability.'
The guide is available to download from the BBPA website.