An Introduction to illicit drug use, with a focus on Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) 7.10pm on Wednesday 14th March – The Derbyshire

A National survey showed that a third of adults have taken a drug during their lifetime, with one in 11 adults (16-59yrs) having taken an illicit drug in the last year. Between 2003-2014 there was a 77% increase in hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of “poisoning by illicit drugs”.

On the 26th May 2016 the Psychoactive Substances Act became law, making the “legal highs” become illicit to supply or possess with intent to supply. You have probably seen in the media reports on NPS use, including Mamba, on a weekly basis. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) reported 188 callouts in the first 2 weeks of August 2016, mainly in Derby & Notts. area. Community Pharmacy is well placed to offer support, identification and signposting about illicit drug use.

This event provides an introduction into the field of illicit drug misuse. Our guest speaker is Michelle Lad, Lead Pharmacist – Education and Training, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, based at their Pharmacy Department, Ashbourne Centre, Kingsway Site, Kingsway Derby.


 7.10pm          Welcome and Introduction                                  John Sargeant, LPC Chair

7.15pm          An introduction to Illicit substance misuse:  Michelle Lad, Lead Pharmacist

 What is substance misuse?

  • Why do people misuse substances?
  • What are the general risks associated.

 8.00pm          Q&A

 8.10pm          An introduction to NPS:                                       Michelle Lad, Lead Pharmacist

  • Focus on what are NPS; types, risks of taking
  • How can community pharmacists help (including focus on harm reduction and signposting)?

9.05pm          Q&A

 9.30 pm         Close




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