NPS know the facts

The facts about Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) or so called 'legal highs'

"NPS" have been in the news a lot, but it can be hard to understand what they are.

From 26th May NPS will be illegal for more information about the new legislation you can view the following power point presentation. NPS Powerpoint

More about the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 can be found on the GOV.UK website

If you work in or with the community, a range of campaign materials are available from Portsmouth City Council. For more information on the Psychoactive Substances Act contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any information relating to the sale or distribution of Psychoactive Substances call 101 

Here are the facts:

Previously  sold under brand names like Clockwork Orange, Bliss, Spice or Mary Jane.

They are often so new that there's been little or no research into their health effects, in fact when you take NPS you are the guinea pig.  There have been hospital admissions and even deaths linked to the use of NPS.

So what do you need to know?

  • They are often marked as "not for human consumption".
  • They are often sold as "plant food", "incense", "bath salts", "pond cleaner" or "research chemicals" in shops.
  • Like illegal drugs they can come in powder, pill, liquid or herbal forms and are either swallowed, inhaled, snorted or even injected.
  • They are usually bought and sold either over the internet or in "head shops" however this will be illgal from 26th May 2016.
  • Risks of NPS can include reduced inhibitions, drowsiness, excited or paranoid states, coma, seizures, and death.
  • These risks are increased if used with alcohol or other drugs.

 The best advice is to stay safe and avoid NPS.

If you are worried about your NPS use or are worried about someone using NPS, go to:

Talk to Frank

Angelus Foundation

Advice for parents

If you are worried taht your child is taking NPS then these tips may help you to broach the subject with them

• Don’t get angry, if you do often young people will rebel.
• Try not to lecture or talk at them, most people don’t like this and will stop listening
• Be open, non-judgemental, and make sure you have up-to-date information.
• Understand the facts, do not try to “scaremonger” your child, these tactics are found not to work in
many cases
• Accept some people may choose to use drink or do drugs, don’t patronise your child.
• Listen to them, don’t just expect them to listen to you all of the time, give them a chance to talk
• You can’t change someone else’s behaviour and habits unless they themselves want to make a change
• You won’t be able to change your child instantly and they will need help and support the whole way
through the process of quitting.

More information for parnets who are worried about their cildren can be found here on the Are You Sorted Website

If you have a problem with drugs, alcohol or NPS you can contact our recovery hub for support and advice on 023 9275 1617 or find out more Portsmouth Recovery Hub


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