A recent EU report estimated that more than one psychoactive drug comes onto the market each week. An explosion in the number of online retailers and ‘head shops’ selling the new drugs is a main driver. At this rate of growth, it is proving more and more difficult for organisations who treat and support drug users, regulators and the Law to keep up and respond effectively.

Course Overview

This course will increase a participant’s knowledge of the emerging danger from the abuse of new designer compounds and other novel drugs of abuse. Specific emerging substances of abuse that will be covered are Bath Salts, Synthetic cannabinoids (K2), Salvia as well as other designer compounds and naturally occurring substances. Case examples will be presented to help illustrate clinical consideration regarding these substances. This one day course draws upon the most up to date research to explore the rapidly changing drugs trends in the UK. In particular we will examine the increased use of new psychoactive drugs such as Mephedrone (MM-Cat) and NRG-1 and “legal highs” such as Salvia, MXE, and Mexxy.

The course is suitable for all staff who require up to date information on drugs issues and how to work with clients who may be using


  • To explore trends and usage around synthetic drug use.
  • To examine the issues around ‘legal highs’.
  • Understand how psychoactive substances work
  • To gain knowledge around the problems associated with poly-drug use.
  • To explore the impact the internet plays in drugs culture.
  • To understand effects, risks and harm reduction responses.
  • To understand relevant advice, information & resources.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the factors that affects a drug use experience
  • To be aware of the types of ‘new’ drugs, and those which are ‘legal highs’
  • To be aware of the patterns and prevalence of use in relation to legal highs
  • To be aware of the possible harms, risks and harm reduction responses to legal high drugs
  • To understand the legal situation in relation to legal highs and the impact of legislation

This course is designed to meet Drugs and Alcohol National Occupational Standards

AB2– Support individuals who are substance users
AB5 – Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users
AA1– Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists:
AD1 -Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects
AD4 – Develop and disseminate information and advice about substance use, health and social well being.

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