Exploring Novel Psychoactive Substance use and its consequences
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In partnership between Newcastle University, Fuse, and Public Health England
Novel Psychoactive Substances are popular across most of the UK. However, the speed of change in this drug market and an increase in reported associated harms of NPS have meant that they are of concern to local, regional and national bodies.
This half day event presents emerging research around the area of NPS and connects with best practice across different service providers. Focus will be on the impact of NPS on the police service, the toxicology of NPS, and the effects on service users and providers. Challenges and future directions will be discussed.
The event will be an opportunity for those working in public health, academia and social care to discuss and consider how they can work more effectively together on this important topic.
Opening the event: Professor Eugene Milne, the Director for Public Health in Newcastle Local Authority
Guest speakers include:
Prof. Simon Thomas, Newcastle University – 'Analytical confirmation of substances involved in episodes
of severe suspected NPS toxicity in the UK. Interim data from the IONA study'
Dr. Michelle Addison, Will McGovern and Dr. Kelly Stockdale, Newcastle University – ‘Exploring impact and consequences of NPS for police staff and NPS users’
Kieran Platts, Youth Homelessness North East – ‘NPS and operational delivery of services for homeless young people’
Lorna Smith, (Public Health Registrar) and Rachael Hope (Community Safety Specialist - Drugs) Newcastle City Council – ‘Evidence led approach - key messages and practice among services'
Christopher Strachan, Service User - ‘NPS as a lived experience’
Chief Inspector Lisa Hogan, Northumbria Police, Closing Remarks