New Psychoactive Substances – No longer a novelty ~ the expert view

New psychoactive substances, no longer a novelty, the expert view. 15 March 2015. Sponsored by Randox testing services
Date & time: 
15/03/2016 -
09:00 to 16:00


With new legislation currently being passed through parliament, this one-day conference will be a unique opportunity to examine NPS issues in criminal justice settings and drug and alcohol treatment services across the UK.

Featuring leading cross-sector expertise, the event will provide a unique opportunity to discuss the potential impact of future legislation, and the requisite for treatment provision and support for those most affected.

Looking beyond the usual media focus, delegates will have an opportunity to look at the prevalence of different substances, exploring how they are purchased and how legislation is being implemented to tackle NPS supply. 

Highlighting examples of best practice, delegates will be given a snapshot of how effective treatment and support can be given to tackle this growing problem. 

Location and Cost

British Medical Association, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP 

Full registration: £99 

For full details of the event including the agenda, click here.

Book your place here

This is a must-attend event if:

  • You want to gain a comprehensive overview of what impact the psychoactive substances bill will have on NPS use generally, both in prisons and in communities.

  • You want to understand how NPS use is prevalent in prison settings, looking at the extent of the problem, how it can be tackled, and what support prisoners need within a custodial environment.

  • You want to explore what can be done, including guidance on how to work with users of NPS, tools that can be used with this demographic, as well as tips on how to keep knowledge up to date.

Who should attend:

Substance misuse workers, senior managers and decision makers, commissioners and other treatment funders, academics, researchers, policy makers, CCG leads, practitioners and clinicians working in the substance misuse field.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Andrew Selous MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation at the Ministry of Justice
  • Professor David Nutt - Edmond J. Safra Professor of Neuropsychopharmacology and director of the Neuropsychopharmacology Unit in the Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London
  • Majella Pearce - Deputy Head of Healthcare Inspection, HM Inspectorate of Prisons
  • Professor Harry Sumnall - Professor in Substance Use at the Centre for Public Health
  • Jan King – CEO, Angelus Foundation
  • Commander Simon Bray - Metropolitan Police and National Policing Lead - New Psychoactive Substances, National Police Chiefs Council
  • Dr Mark Piper - Head of Toxicology, Randox Testing Services
  • Dr Kostas Agath – Medical Director, Addaction and Addictions Consultant Psychiatrist and member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (the ACMD).
  • Dr Ben Sessa - Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist and Psychedelic Researcher, Bristol, Cardiff and Imperial College London Universities
  • Rick Bradley - Operations Manager, Addaction Young Persons' Service
  • Fern Hensley - Criminal Justice Lead, Addaction Lincolnshire
  • Dr Owen Bowden-Jones - Consultant Psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College
  • And more...

Full registration: £99 ​

Book your place here 

For full details of the event including the agenda, click here


To discuss further please contact David Badcock, Head of Events, on 07956 489 527 or

This event is supported by Randox Testing Services.  RTS are at the forefront of developing tests to detect the presence of legal highs, including the world’s first synthetic cannabinoid ‘spice’ detection test.

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