New Psychoactive Substances:
This training is aimed at:
Anyone who would like to further their knowledge and understanding of NPS and gain practical information on how to support NPS users, and raise awareness of NPS in their work place or community.
This training will include:
- What are New Psychoactive Substances – NPS (formerly known as ‘legal highs’)?
- Drug categories – Effects and Risks
- Most common NPS's
- Who is most likely to use NPS
- Addiction – brain changes
- Advice, information and support for those using NPS
- Changes in the law
This training will help to develop a clear picture of what these substances are, and how they are used and effect people. It will explore the legal position relating to them and examine ways of supporting those who are using them.
Recent years have seen a proliferation of new psychoactive substances (NPS). Often referred to in the press and popular expression as ‘Legal Highs’ this group of drugs has had many names over many years. Since the New Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 it is proving helpful to use the term NPS to include all the substances in this group.
There is a fear, expressed by some, that the 2016 Act will result in the NPS market being driven underground with additional problems being experienced because of this. The training will explore our responses to this view while sharing first-hand experiences of witnessing the (sometimes devastating) impact of Novel Psychoactive Substances on the health and wellbeing of users. In addition the training will develop a view of the current profile of NPS use since the recent changes in legislation.