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Novel Psychoactive Substances (Half day training)

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Develop your understanding of Novel Psychoactive Substances - what they are and the law around them - in this half day training

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Over the past decade, the pattern of drug use in the UK has been one of change and fluctuation due to the emergence and accessibility of novel psychoactive substances which many people have referred to as "legal highs". The internet, combined with sophisticated marketing and production methods, has largely been responsible. In relation to this, it is important to be able to deliver effective harm reduction, prevention and recovery interventions which can benefit those who use, or are at risk of using, NPS drugs.

By attending you will have the opportunity to:

  • Consider why the term Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) is used to describe them and how successive governments have attempted to contain their supply and use
  • Examine the growth of NPS use in our society, in particular the rapid nature of change in chemical structure of newly emerging substances
  • Focus on the health, social and other impacts of use, with a case study around the expansion of the synthetic cannabinoid market and its use in communities
  • Explore brief intervention approaches which seek to raise awareness of and reduce the harms from NPS type drugs among their users

This course will benefit anyone who works in any capacity with people who may misuse NPS drugs, with a focus on synthetic cannabinoids.

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