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Hello Readers,

It feels like it has been far too long. In this edition of our Newsletter I want to talk to you about the New Psychoactive Substance Bill that is coming into force in May 2016 as well as show you our new training promo video.  

Psychoactive Substances Act

The new law that is due to come into force on 26th May 2016 has caused some controversy in its creation and is likely to remain contentious for a good while after.

What is it?
The law will make it illegal to produce, supply, import, export or offer to supply any psychoactive substance if the substance is likely to be used for its psychoactive effects.  Substances exempt from this are ones that are already covered in the Misuse of Drugs Act, nicotine, alcohol, medicinal products and caffeine.  The main purpose of the Act is to stop shops and websites selling psychoactive substances such as synthetic cannabis.  

When Does it come into Force?
The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 starts on May 26th 2016. (Correct at time of print)

What if you are caught in possession after May 26th 2016?
Possession is not an offence.  Possession with intent to supply will become an offence.  There is an exception to this... Possession in a custodial institute will be an offence.  For example possession in a prison or young offenders centre.
Offences under the Psychoactive Substances Act would be considered ‘aggravated’ if they involved supply to under 18s, were near a school or a children’s home (Local authority children’s homes etc).

Stop and Search Powers

Police will have powers of stopping and searching individuals and premises, however possession of psychoactive substances will not be an offence and which substances are actually psychoactive is far from legally clear at present*. 
Currently the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) guidance states that a ‘legal high’ should be treated like a controlled drug until proven otherwise. The details of how police will deal with people claiming their bags of white powder is a psychoactive substance that's not under the Misuse of Drugs act remains to be seen..
New NPS Poster for Devon based Organisations
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Y-Smart Training
Are you working with young people that use substances?  Do you want to increase your knowledge and confidence around supporting people that use substances?
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We offer a range of training courses and can provide bespoke training packages for large organisations like schools where it can be difficult to have staff leave the school in the day.  

Our main two day introduction to substance misuse and young people course is the bedrock for anybody working with young people.  Beyond that we have advanced individual courses that look at Cannabis, Alcohol and NPS (legal highs).
*A substance will be regarded as psychoactive if it tests positive to one of a series of 5 – 10 in vitro receptor assays (list of tests not yet in the public domain). A database of around 100 compounds that have already been tested will be updated as new compounds are discovered, identified and tested. A new compound will be tested and if positive added to the list and the law applied retrospectively. -
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