Thursday 25th June 2015
Park Inn Hotel, Northampton
Evidence shows that the use of New Psychoactive Substances
in the UK continues to pose an increasing threat, not only to
the health and well being of users, but to society as a whole.
The sale and use of NPS are placing increasing pressure on our public services and, as identifed in the case of Lincolnshire City Council, they are having a persistent, detrimental impact on local communities.
With increasing use of NPS within our prison population, to what extent is it now impacting on other areas such as home life, the workplace, on our roads and indeed amongst the homeless?
At the frst national conference in 2014, delegates
overwhelmingly agreed that there is no single solution to
the problem but a key element to defeating this growing
trend was one of effective education of all those affected. It
was also evident that legislation to allow those tasked with
preventing the sale and distribution of NPS needed to provide
a clear framework in which to work.
Much has happened with regards to NPS in the past year
such as the recent Home Offce review and conclusions of
the expert panel. Emerging issues include how best to provide
an emergency health response to those affected and support
them through any recovery period. At a time of increasing
demand in this area, set against a background of reduced
resources, can we realistically deliver an effective response?
This conference will provide speakers and delegates with an
opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences as well
as hearing about how we are fghting back and the latest
national perspective on NPS.