Legal Highs Training

The Home Office in a recent review has acknowledged that, ‘there has been a rapid increase in the number and range of new substances with greater ease of availability, with their open sale in offline retail outlets and through the global marketplace of the internet’.

‘Legal highs’ contain one or more chemical substances which produce similar effects to illegal drugs (like cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy). Short‐term health risks of ‘legal highs’ can include paranoia, psychosis and seizures and their long‐term health risks are often unknown.

The Psychoactive Substances Act is expected to be in force from the end of May 2016. The Act makes it an offence to produce, supply or offer to supply any psychoactive substance if the substance is likely to be used for its psychoactive effects and regardless of its potential for harm. This is basically a blanket ban on ‘legal highs’.

The Training will be of particular interest to professionals and volunteers whose work  involves contact with people using ‘recreational’ drugs, NPS (Legal Highs): Health Professionals, Voluntary Organisations, Charities, Drug and Alcohol Action Teams, Probation, Education, Social Care, the Police and Criminal Justice.   Parents wanting to understand the dangers of legal highs 


What will I study?

  • have a knowledge of the range of psychoactive substances
  • understand how new technologies influence access to psychoactive substances
  • understand current legislation relating to novel psychoactive substances
  • understand what motivates individuals to use novel psychoactive substances.

Additional information

If you would like to enrol on and pay for this course please check our eventbrite page for planned start dates or contact the Business Development Team on 01482 390888 or email

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Full Time 2018 Higher Education 2018 Autumn Part-time course guide Apprenticeship Guide