Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are chemical substances that have been synthesised to cause similar reactions to those produced by taking conventional drugs. The report estimates the prevalence of NPS use across South Gloucestershire. It looks into the gaps and unmet needs within the local treatment system in dealing with NPS users. The report identifies the challenges caused by NPS in South Gloucestershire, such as Public Health concerns, data collection and intelligence, dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour, and consumer protection issues. Interventions that can be delivered around the NPS misuse include awareness raising initiatives through education and training, intelligence sharing, intervention and brief advice, and harm reduction approaches.
Ismail, N. (2014). Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) profile in South Gloucestershire