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Van Hout, Marie Claire (2017) The dynamic landscape of novel psychoactive substance (NPS) use in Ireland: results from an expert consultation. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction , 15 , (5) , pp. 985-992.


In Ireland, legislators encountered a new phenomenon in 2005 onwards with the advent of ‘legal highs’ sold in headshops. Use of ‘legal highs’ containing herbal and synthetic new psychoactive substances (NPS) was not confined to problematic drug users, and included social recreational users. Legislative controls were enacted in 2010, 2011 and 2015.

 

The study aimed to investigate expert perspectives on the NPS situation with regard to changing and emergent trends in use, health and social consequences and service implications. This brief report presents descriptive findings from a national consultation using a structured guide with experts in 2016. Four themes emerged and centred on; ‘Definitions of NPS used within Professional Roles’; ‘Professional Experiences of NPS‘; ‘Types of NPS Users, Sourcing and Consequences of Use’; and ‘Service Response.’

 

Findings underscored the mental health and addiction related consequences of NPS use, with prevention, clinical and treatment services ill- equipped to deal with the particular characteristics of this form of drug abuse. Enhanced strategies, services and clinical responses are warranted to address the challenges encountered.

Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Article
Drug Type
New psychoactive substance
Intervention Type
Screening / Assessment
Date
2017
Page Range
pp. 985-992
Publisher
Springer
Volume
15
Number
5
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