New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) ‘legal highs’ training – 1 day, Stornoway and Balivanich

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) ‘legal highs’ training – 1 day


An Caladh Trust, Balivanich

Tuesday 10th February 2015

9am – 3pm


St Columbas Church, Lewis Street, Stornoway

Wednesday 11th February 2015

9am – 4pm


The Outer Hebrides ADP have arranged for the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) to conducted a one day training course on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in Balivanich and Stornoway.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

Identify the key NPS in use and emerging trends

  • Name the 7 categories of drugs which apply to NPS
  • Recall the legality of the key substances in use and legislation affecting NPS
  • Name the typical effects and side effects of the key substances in use
  • Identify effective techniques and strategies to work with users including harm reduction

What are New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)?

In the UK, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) defines ‘new psychoactive substances’ as: “psychoactive drugs which are not prohibited by the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs or by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, and which people are seeking for intoxicant use”. Although not scheduled under the UN drug control conventions, a number of the NPS are now controlled in the UK (e.g. mephedrone, BZP, NBOMe and Benzofury).

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are commonly know as ‘legal highs’.  The term ‘legal highs’ is misleading.  Just because they are legal that does not make them safe for consumption.

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