Next Steps for New Psychoactive Substances Policy

This is not an SDF event but may be of interest to members and stakeholders

This event will examine the impact of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 two years on from implementation, consider the progress so far and ways forward to tackle NPS (new psychoactive substances ) and reduce harm and risk.

Despite the ban, NPS deaths are currently at their highest ever level.

The Psychoactive Substances Act came into force in May 2016, banning the sale of NPS (so-called ‘legal highs’).

While the Act intended to reduce the prevalence of NPS, this has not been the case; drugs-deaths in Scotland are at an all-time high, and there has been a significant increase in the presence of NPS at time of death. So how can professionals across sectors work together to intervene and reduce NPS and associated harm?

Join us on the 26 June as we critically analyse the effects of the Psychoactive Substance Act two years on, look ahead to the Scottish Government’s upcoming Drugs Strategy and consider how to best meet the challenges of NPS use.

Key issues we’ll examine with you:

  • Reflect on the Psychoactive Substances Act, its powers and impact across Scotland, and understanding the next steps
  • Receive an up-to-date brief on the latest trends in NPS use, supply and its effects
  • Explore examples of effective partnership working and information sharing in responding to the challenges posed by NPS
  • Look ahead to the future of NPS policy in the UK

Who should attend?

This event will be of benefit to those working to reduce harm and risk for those who are affected by drug-use, including:

  • Substance misuse services
  • Development officers; health and wellbeing, rehabilitation, community empowerment
  • Mentors; personal development, training and education
  • Police, criminal justice and prison service
  • Local authorities – housing, children’s services, health and social care and social work.

Date:  26 June 2018

Venue:  Central Edinburgh, venue to be confirmed in due course.

For more information and how to book see here.