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Novel (or New) Psychoactive Substances (NPS)
November 20, 2014
Novel (or New) Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are an ever increasing group of synthetic, semi-synthetic, or natural compounds often advertised and sold as ‘legal’ alternatives to illicit drugs.
In the past few years a huge variety of such substances have become available. They are often sold on the internet or in ‘head shops’ where information about their effects is minimal and often inaccurate.
The advent of NPS has changed the face of the drug scene(s) remarkably fast. The range of substances now available, their lack of consistency and the potential harms users are exposed to are now complex and multifaceted.
This one day course will provide participants with contemporary information about these substances, and the knowledge and confidence to provide meaningful information, advice and support for those who might need it.
- Definitions – Some Chemistry and Pharmacology
- Drugs in Use and their Effects
- Potential Physical and Psychological harms
- Options for responding to clients who are using these drugs
- The current Legal position
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