SCSN held a thematic learning event on Tuesday 10 November 2015 focusing on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) or so-called ‘legal highs’.

The diverse programme of speakers looked at how the issues around NPS are affecting not just families and individuals, but also professional services. The aim of the day was to raise awareness of the issue, and encourage professionals and organisations to identify different ways of working through a shared understanding of the impact of NPS use and the recognition of the importance of partnership working.

It was clear from the day that the issue of NPS use is not just a health or police issue, it is an issue that affects many directorates within local authorities.

We hope you enjoyed the event, and find copies of the presentations useful.

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Current Trends in NPS Use – Vicki Craik, Crew 2000

Crew 2000 provided information on what NPS are being used and the effects these substances can have.

The Wider Impact – Suzanne Gallacher, Scottish Families Affected by Drugs and Alcohol

Scottish Families Affected by Drugs and Aclohol provided an overview of demographics regarding families affected by NPS and case studies of the impact and harm NPS use is having for families and communities.

New Psychoactive Substances – Laura Jamieson, Trading Standards Scotland

Trading Standards are working on a number of different projects and approaches for tackling NPS use. Their input highlighted the challenges their officers face on a day to day basis and the educational programmes they are adopting to help tackle this growing issue.


Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Strategic Approach to New Psychoactive Substances – Jo McManus, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Greater Glasgow and Clyde highlighted the work they have undertaken in developing a strong working partnership to help address the challenges faced by professional people as a result of NPS use within their geographical area.  They highlighted emerging trends that are being presented each day; including challenging preconceived ideas of the end user and short and long term outcomes.

WASTED! Pandora’s Box Trip Report Legal Highs (many thanks to Crew 2000 for sharing)