Psychoactive Substances – what schools need to know about the new law

Psychoactive substances fullThis 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.

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