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Stimulating credible responses to legal highs. With John Arthur- Director Katy MacLeod- Training and Outreach Coordinator Crew. Welcome…. Today we are looking at… Definition of legal highs How and where Crew gather information from How we disseminate that information

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Stimulating credible responses to legal highs

Stimulating credible responses to legal highs

With

John Arthur- Director

Katy MacLeod- Training and Outreach Coordinator

Crew


Welcome
Welcome…

Today we are looking at…

  • Definition of legal highs

  • How and where Crew gather information from

  • How we disseminate that information

  • The challenges of gathering credible information

  • How we can work together to create a national response


What are legal highs
What are legal highs?

  • Definition ( but by no means definitive)

  • “Legal Highs are substances made from assorted herbs, herbal extracts and ‘research chemicals’, which emulate the effects of some illegal drugs such as Cannabis, LSD, Cocaine, or others. These substances are not currently controlled by the Misuse of Drugs or Medicine Acts.”

    Arthur & Grunert (2005)



Ok what s hot and what s not
Ok what’s hot and what’s not

Ivory wave

NRG-1, 2, 3

Benzofury

MDAI

5-AI


Where do we get our information
Where do we get our information?

  • Monitoring trends via outreach to music events/universities/clubs and drop-in

  • Questionnaires and surveys

  • Expert user interviews

  • Various drug forums

  • EU Safer nightlife initiative

  • Other agencies-info exchange

  • European social work placements

  • John Moores university-analysis


How we feed out our information
How we feed out our information

  • Brief interventions with service users

  • Training and capacity building

  • Compiling information sheets and cards

  • Updating website regularly

  • Mail shots

  • Briefing partnership agencies

  • Briefing front line staff at events


What about credibility
What about credibility?

  • Limited access to drug testing and analysis

  • Often based on service user reports-not always 100% accurate

  • Timescales before a substance is made illegal can also be a barrier


How can we work together
How can we work together?

  • Vital we share local intelligence

  • Communication network

  • National working group

  • Tap and feed into early warning systems around E.U


What do we need in order to do this
What do we need in order to do this?

  • Amnesty bins

  • Facilities for drug analysis

  • Organisations linked in with public health warnings

  • Establish a legal highs communications network


Legal highs and emerging trends crew pilot
Legal highs and emerging trends Crew pilot

  • 4 Pilot areas

  • Capacity building

  • Training to front line staff

  • Info exchange with partnership agencies

  • Project is action research



Further info available on
Further info available on:

www.crew2000.org.uk

www.erowid.org

Speaker contact details:

Katy MacLeod

[email protected]

John Arthur

[email protected]

Crew: 0131 220 3404


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