This briefing paper is intended to update education practitioners about The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, which came into effect on 26th May 2016, and to help them understand the implications that the new legislation might have on those who are willing to include these substances in their alcohol and drug education programmes. More background information about ‘Legal Highs’ and Novel Psychoactive Substances is available here.
This briefing paper is mainly intended for head teachers, school staff and governing bodies but it may also be useful for local authorities, parents, school nurses and other health professionals who have an input on drug issues, as well as the police and local agencies working with individual schools to prevent drug misuse amongst pupils.
This briefing paper is part of a series produced by Mentor ADEPIS on alcohol and drug education and prevention, for teachers and practitioners.
- Life-skills based education for alcohol and drug prevention
- Delivering alcohol and drug education: advice for teachers
- Building resilience and character in young people
- Early intervention and prevention
- Making it inclusive: Alcohol and drug education in multicultural settings
- ‘Legal Highs’ and Novel Psychoactive Substances
- Efficient needs assessment in schools
- E-cigarettes and Nicotine Containing Products (NCPs)
- Identifying and supporting children affected by parental substance use
- Caffeine and energy drinks
- Four questions to ask as school governor