Start360 welcomes legislation on NPS

The Psychoactive Substances Act comes into law in Northern Ireland today and has been welcomed by Start360.

Start360 delivers drug and alcohol services across Northern Ireland, including the DAISY youth treatment service which is funded by the Public Health Agency. Over recent years, the use of New Psychoactive Substances has grown and we have seen first hand the effects that they can have on our service users.

Marie Wright, Service Manager, said ‘The emergence of NPS has become the biggest challenge for service providers in recent years. The use of NPS affects the entire population – not just young people. We welcome the new legislation but there is still a need for a range of other measures to complement it, such as training, harm reduction advice, better understanding of the symptoms and more research.’

Kathleen Grego, Service Manager, added, ‘We now need to see examination of the policy and practice implications of the Psychoactive Substances Act, as part of a wider movement to address the impact of these substances.’

If you are concerned about your own substance use or that of a friend or family member, you can contact Start360 on 028 9043 5810.