Products & Training

Novel Psychoactive Substances Training

“Novel Psychoactive Substances” (NPS) are a fairly new addition to the field of substance misuse. There are hundreds of NPS (former ‘legal highs’) in circulation. What exactly are they? They change the way people think, feel and behave and specifically try to mimic the effects of existing illegal substances.

With the introduction of the New Psychoactive Substance Bill in May 2016 the landscape has changed.  How has this affected the market? Does this law make NPS illegal to use or own?  What are the effects on long term physical and mental health? How are they purchased?

Half day courses are £450 (no VAT) and are professionally written and continually reviewed to include the latest emerging trends in the field of substance misuse and are mapped to DANOS – Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards. The courses are delivered by an experienced trainer and substance misuse practitioner and are fully CPD accredited. A CPD certificate will be issued on completion of the course.

Each delegate receives a FREE copy of our brand new 40 page Drugs & Alcohol – The Facts workbook (which normally retails at £15 per copy). Learn more here

Learning objectives

Be able to explain what a “novel psychoactive substance” (NPS) is and the different types available
Know the history of NPS and their prevalence in today’s society
Describe the effect that NPS have on the body both mentally and physically
Have an awareness of the signs and symptoms of NPS use
Have an awareness of the different names/brands/strains of NPS available
Have an awareness of the laws and new Government legislation surrounding NPS
Have an understanding of the changing landscape of the drug market
Have an awareness of trends in NPS use
Have an understanding of the support available from services and how to refer to Early Break

DANOS Units Covered

AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer to individuals to specialists
AA2 Relate to, and interact with individuals
AA3 Support individuals to access and use services and facilities
AA6 Promote choice, wellbeing and the protection of individuals
AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects
AB2 Support individuals who are substance users

Available Dates

This bespoke training is available nationwide and can be tailored to suit any organisation’s needs. If you are interested in setting a date for this half day training, please get in touch with the Training & Marketing Team on 0161 723 3880 and they will check the training diary for you. Alternatively, please complete the ‘bespoke training’ section of the booking form below and return to


How to book

To book any of our training courses please call the Training & Marketing Team on 0161 723 3880 or download the booking form below and scan back to 

Alternatively, post your booking form to the Training & Marketing Team, Early Break, Annara House, 7-11 Bury Road, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 2UG.