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Smith, Sarah and Day, Matt and Maddalena, Nino [Public Health England] . (2017) Psychoactive substances in secure mental health settings. London: Public Health England. 53 p.

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New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are a group of drugs that are designed to replicate the effects of other illegal substances. People use them for experimental, recreational purposes and some may become dependent on them. NPS usually fall into one of the following four categories: Synthetic cannabinoids (SC), Depressants, Stimulants, and Hallucinogens. They present a challenge due to the significant variation in substances and perceptions of legal status.

Due to the increase of NPS use in secure environments Public Health England (PHE) and partners have developed a toolkit providing information about NPS use in secure custodial settings. This provides information on the extent of use of NPS and how this can be effectively managed. This document summarises the outputs of the review and makes recommendations and next steps for the management of NPS use in secure mental health settings.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Review
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Public Health England
Date:September 2017
Pages:53 p.
Publisher:Public Health England
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Patient care management
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Care by type of problem > Mental health care
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Hospital
N Communication, information and education > Recommendations or guidelines > Practice / clinical guidelines
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England

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