New Psychoactive Substances

New Psychoactive Substances (no longer 'legal' highs)


New Psychoactive Substances, or NPS are a group of drugs previously known (misleadingly) as 'legal highs'. While some were either already illegal or in the process of being made illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act, the term 'legal highs' led many to believe that they were safer than illegal drugs. NPS can be just as strong as other drugs, sometimes more so.

Since the Psychoactive Substances Act became law in May 2016, most new psychoactive substances are now illegal to produce, supply and distribute, though possession is not necessarily an offence depending on location, amount and other circumstances.

Please check for the most up-to-date info on individual substances, including legal status.

Remember that we all react to substances in different ways and as many of these substances are relatively new, effects can be unpredictable. Here are some basic tips if you are determined to use:
  • Always take a test dose e.g a dab or half a pill and wait at least 2 hours before taking more
  • Don't get carried away: Avoid mixing with other drugs including alcohol
  • Tell someone you are with what you have taken
  • Use in a safe environment with trusted company
  • If going to sleep, sleep on your side
  • Look after your mates
  • Seek help if you need to and be honest about what you have taken to emergency services