New Psychoactive Substances National Conference 2015

2nd National New Psychoactive Substance Conference (NPS)

Thursday 25 June, 2015

Park Inn Hotel, Northampton

Responding Positively to the "Ripple Effect”


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 NPSs are placing increasing pressure on our public services and, as identified in the case of Lincolnshire City Council, they are having a persistent, detrimental impact on local communities. With increasing use of NPSs 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 first 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 NPSs in the past year and 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 the latest national perspective on NPS.

Delegates will be allocated tables ensuring an appropriate mix of organisations and skills to maximise the opportunities for the exchange of good practice and the sharing of innovative thinking.

Who should attend?

This conference is relevant to policy makers, managers, and practioners including:

  • Health Services
  • Mental health workers
  • Prison Services
  • Local Authorities, including housing, children’s services and social services
  • HR Managers
  • Health and Safety Managers
  • Police and Crime Commissioners
  • Community Safety Partnerships
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • Education
  • Third Sector
  • Solicitors
  • Court Service
  • Judges and Magistrates
  • Public Protection Teams
  • Trading Standards
  • UK Border Agency

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