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Psychoactive Substance Act: Measuring its Effectiveness

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Presented by Jeremy Sare, Director of Policy and Communiations at Mentor UK on 24 May 2017.

For more information about NPS, visit http://mentoruk.org.uk/legal-highs/

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Psychoactive Substance Act: Measuring its Effectiveness

  1. 1. PSA: Measuring its Effectiveness Director of Policy and Communications – Jeremy Sare
  2. 2. NewPsychoactiveSubstances(NPS) Once known as ‘legal highs.’
  3. 3. Routes of NPS Supply Headshops Online market Street trade
  4. 4. Psychoactive Substances Act (1) • Journey to PSA • MDA/TCDOs • Expert Panel • Home Affairs Committee • ACMD • Amendments • Education and Treatment provision
  5. 5. PsychoactiveSubstancesAct (2) • No classification, wide range of harms • Supply offences not possession • Proving psychoactivity • Harms unchanged in high risk groups • Enforcement offences and figures
  6. 6. Impact on Supply of NPS Darknet Existing supply 500 headshops Online market Street trade
  7. 7. NPSMeasuresand Indicators • Home Office Figures (Nov 2016) • Met Police 160 Arrests (May to Nov 2016) • Prison Seizures - RAPt (November 2016) • Ambulance Callouts Double (May 2017) • Prison Ombudsman - 58 fatalities (2013-6)
  8. 8. NPSMeasuresandIndicators(2) • Addaction Report 50%+ drug admissions 2006-16 • RIDR (March 2017) • CS E&W 2015/6: 0.7% adults, 3.6% males 16-24 • Drugwise Report (Feb 2017) • Addaction Report Young People (March 2017) • Internet Monitoring Retail Websites, Dark Web, News sites
  9. 9. Measuring the Progress of PSA 2016 - APPG Street dealing Availability Online trade High street trade Dark netAvailability Education Prevention
  10. 10. StatutoryReview

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