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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. [EMCDDA] (2016) Perspectives on drugs: health responses to new psychoactive substances. Lisbon: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

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The emergence of new psychoactive substances (NPS) over the last decade has posed a major challenge to drug policy. While the limited available data indicates that prevalence levels of NPS use are relatively low in the general European population, there are concerns around more problematic forms of use and harms in particular drug using populations. A number of public health concerns have arisen as a consequence of their use, although the real extent of these harms across Europe remains unknown. Initial responses to NPS availability in Europe have largely been regulatory, focusing on their supply using legislative tools but, as the phenomenon evolves, it has increasingly become a priority to formulate and implement effective public health responses. This analysis takes a look at some of the key risk groups among which NPS are being used and the health responses currently being employed across various intervention settings.

Part of the Perspectives on Drugs (PODs) series and launched to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking on June 26 2016, these designed-for-the-web interactive analyses provide deeper insights into a selection of important issues. This POD is based on an in-depth EMCDDA report on ‘Health responses to new psychoactive substances’.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:New psychoactive substance
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:EMCDDA
Date:June 2016
Publisher:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Corporate Creators:European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Lisbon
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
G Health and disease > State of health
VA Geographic area > Europe

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