“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.

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