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Club Drugs and New Psychoactive Substances

The aim of this course is for participants to increase their knowledge of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and Club Drugs and to consider the latest, related developments. The course will also cover what motivates the continued use of more “traditional" club drugs including Ecstasy and Ketamine and will equip participants to be able to offer advice to assist people in reducing the risk of associated harms, and about available treatment options.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  • describe a range of NPS and club drugs, their effects and associated risks
  • apply the “The Drugs Wheel” as an example of categorising psychoactive substances
  • discuss key government legislation in this area
  • identify appropriate and relevant harm reduction messages and treatment options for people who use club drugs and NPS
  • discuss developments in drug trends including the increased prevalence of synthetic opioids, synthetic cathinones and synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for anyone who has an interest, volunteers or works in a health or social care setting and, who come into contact with people who use club drugs and new psychoactive substances.

Dates, duration and venue

Dates TBC
Duration One full day
Venue Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 3BL.

 Please note that all course dates, times and locations will be confirmed closer to the date.

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