Novel Psychoactive Substances Training


“Novel Psychoactive Substances” (NPS) are a fairly new addition to the field of substance misuse and something which is gaining more and more popularity among young people and adults alike. Like traditional illegal drugs they change the way people think, feel and behave and specifically try to mimic the effects of existing illegal substances.  They have caused quite a stir in the field of substance misuse over the past five years due to their now widespread availability and use, and they are becoming of particular concern to health professionals across the country due to the health risks posed by these substances.

Substances are constantly being redeveloped to circumvent new drug laws and legislation and with this comes greater risk due the lack of research on such substances and the long term health risks.  There has been a dramatic increase in reports of the numbers of NPS available from 24 in 2009 to over 500 in 2014 and is set to rise in the future. With the introduction of the New Psychoactive Substance Bill in May 2016 the landscape has again changed.  How has this affected the market? Does this law make NPS illegal to use or own?  Find out what the effects of this legislation has been and how it is impacting on Services.

Sessions are £50 per person and:

  • Are professionally written and continually reviewed with up-to-date information
  • Mapped to DANOS standards
  • Led by an experienced trainer
  • Count towards CPD hours
  • Include a copy of our brand new, in depth, 40 page Drug Facts workbook

Learning Objectives…

  • Be able to explain what a “novel psychoactive substance” (NPS)  is and the different types available
  • Know the history of NPS and their prevalence in today’s society
  • Describe the effect that NPS have on the body both mentally and physically
  • Have an awareness of the signs and symptoms of NPS use
  • Have an awareness of the different names/brands/strains of NPS available
  • Have an awareness of the laws and new Government legislation surrounding NPS
  • Have an understanding of the changing landscape of the drug market
  • Have an awareness of trends in NPS use
  • Have an understanding of the support available from services and how to refer to Early Break

DANOS Units Covered…

  • AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer to individuals to specialists
  • AA2 Relate to, and interact with individuals
  • AA3 Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
  • AA6 Promote choice, wellbeing and the protection of individuals
  • AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects
  • AB2 Support individuals who are substance users

Dates Available in 2016/2017… (all 1.00pm-4.00pm)


  • Friday 6th October 2017
  • Wednesday 28th February 2018


  • Thursday 14th September 2017
  • Friday 23rd March 2018


How To Book…

To book your place on our training sessions please download the booking form below and return to Early Break via email, via fax on 0161 723 5544 or in via post to Annara House, 7-11 Bury Road, Radcliffe, Manchester. M26 2UG. Download a booking form: