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Campbell, Anne and O Neill, Nina and Higgins, Kathryn (2017) Health and social care workers' perceptions of NPS use in Northern Ireland. The International Journal of Drug Policy , 40 , pp. 93-101.

BACKGROUND
The EU Early Warning System currently monitors more than 560 new psychoactive substances, far outweighing the total number of illicit drugs under international control. Due to the recent emergence of NPS and rapidly changing nature of the market, evidence about the way in which the emerging drugs are managed in health and social care settings is limited.

METHODS
The study adopted a mixed methods design, utilising a cross sectional survey and telephone interviews to capture data from staff working in drug and alcohol related services in statutory and voluntary sectors, across the five Health and Social Care (HSC) Trust areas in Northern Ireland. 196 staff participated in the survey and 13 participated in follow up in telephone interviews between August and November 2015.

RESULTS
Study respondents reported that addressing NPS related issues with service users was a key aspect of their daily role and function. Levels of injecting behaviours were also viewed as relatively high by study participants. Almost all workers used harm reduction as their primary approach when working with service users and the majority of respondents called for additional practical training in relation to addressing drug interactions and intervening with NPS related issues.


Item Type:Article
Date:February 2017
Page Range:pp. 93-101
Publisher:Elsevier
Volume:40
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Subjects:A Drugs and alcohol use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence of drugs and alcohol use > Problem drugs and alcohol use
B Drugs and alcohol substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
T Demographic characteristics > Drug or health care worker
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland

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