NPS (Novel Psychoactive Substance)

legal highs supportIn recent years, the United Kingdom has seen the emergence of new drugs that have similar effects to drugs that are internationally controlled.

These drugs can be collectively called New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and are sometimes referred to as legal highs. The term legal highs is inaccurate and unhelpful as these may be controlled drugs packaged as though they are legal.

Lifeline Journey are committed to ensuring that as a service we are able to respond to this growing issue with an evidenced response.

NPS can be sub-divided roughly into the following:

Synthetic cannabinoids – traded under such names as, Black Mamba, Clockwork Orange and Exodus Damnation. These bear no relation to the cannabis plant except in that the chemicals which are blended into the plant matter, act on the brain in a similar way to cannabis.

Stimulant-type drugs – e.g. BZP, mephedrone, MPDV, NRG-1, Benzo Fury, MDAI, ethylphenidate. The effects of these drugs replicate across the range, those encountered with amphetamine and MDMA.

Hallucinogenic – e.g, 25i-NBOMe, Bromo-Dragonfly and the more ketamine-like methoxetamine

Opiate drugs – e.g. AH-7921 O-desmethyl tramadol, an opioid analgesic (and the main active metabolite of tramadol) has been offered for sale, but now controlled. W-15-7 and W-19-both now controlled.