“Not for Human Consumption” – The Use of Novel Psychoactive Substances by Homeless Young People in the North East

Throughout May 2016 to January 2017, Youth Homeless North East (YHNE) ran a series of participatory workshops with young homeless people across the region, focused on the topic of NPS. The aims of the workshops were to:

  • Develop a greater understanding of their knowledge and understanding of, as well as their motivations for and experiences of using NPS
  • Explore the likely impacts of the legislative ban on the supply of and demand for NPS among vulnerable people
  • Identify good practice responses to the use of NPS by vulnerable young people.

More broadly, it was hoped that the workshops would increase the knowledge and understanding of the participants about the nature, legislative framework surrounding and dangers of using NPS; and that the project insights would enable young people to develop peer-led information resources and better equip the homelessness sector to manage the use of NPS by service users.

Read the full report here.

Resources for Young People

The Children’s Society have developed some activities to help you think and talk about what is happening at home. You can read also read quotes and stories and watch films of children and young people in a similar situation to you. Find out more here.

Talk to Frank have an information hub on NPS. Click here to find out more about if they are legal, the facts about NPS and what to do if you are feeling under pressure to try NPS.

The YHNE Youth Hub also contains information on the effects, risks and law surrounding NPS use along with additional resource on other substances. You can access the Youth Hub here.


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