Posts Tagged legal highs

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

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 […]

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Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use: New trends and what they mean

The latest instalment of the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s (HSCIC) ongoing survey of young people sheds light on several issues that continue to whirl around media and public opinion. Since the 1980s, the Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England series has been a valuable indicator […]

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The Drugs Wheel

The Drugs Wheel was originally designed as a training tool. By 2012 there was an increasing number of new psychoactive substances on the market that didn’t fit within the old methods of drug classification, and adding three new categories (cannabinoids, empathogens and dissociatives) meant that all drugs could now be […]

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May 19, 2014 – ‘Legal highs’, NPS or ‘New drugs’: What do we need to know?

On Monday 19th May we travelled to Cambridge, where we gathered practitioners from across the country interested in exploring issues related to Novel Psychoactive Substances. Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), also known as ‘legal highs’, are a group of drugs designed to get around the legal control on illegal drugs. They […]

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‘Legal highs’: what do we need to know?

‘Novel psychoactive substances’ – also known as ‘legal highs’ have become increasingly prominent on practitioner, public, and policy agendas during recent years. These chemicals, designed to imitate the effects of illegal drugs (either stimulants, cannabis or hallucinogens), are creating confusion and misunderstanding. A small focus group with young people, delivered […]

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Club drugs: what are they and what should young people know?

Photo credit: Flickr user Caesar Sebastian What are club drugs? The most established club drugs are ecstasy, ketamine, methamphetamine, GHB/GBL, and mephedrone. As the name suggests, they are most often taken by young adults in clubs and similar social settings. Powder cocaine is another drug that may be included under ‘club drugs’.

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‘Legal highs’

‘Legal highs’ are more accurately called ‘novel psychoactive substances’. These chemicals are designed to imitate the effects of illegal drugs: either stimulants, cannabis or hallucinogens. This briefing paper aims to give teachers more confidence in teaching young people about ‘legal highs’ and debunk some common myths. This briefing paper is […]

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