New Psychoactive Substances
Reports from harm reduction services across the EU, the EU Early Warning System, EMCDDA data and different surveys suggest that use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) is no longer limited to "drug experimenters" or recreational drug users, but moving into populations of problem drug users as well.
Public health, treatment and harm reduction services across Europe are unprepared for the rapidly expanding use of NPS and lack capacity and tools for addressing the rising use of these substances among marginalized, often young, drug consumers, nor for addressing the risks and potential harms associated with these substances.
Action is required on different levels
Research and policy level:
understanding the current dynamics, trends and harmful patterns of NPS use among Problem Drug Users (PDUs) in Europe
the development and implementation of effective and innovative health and harm reduction responses targeting NPS use among PDUs
capacity building among health service providers on recent development in drug markets, health risks and ways to address these risks
PRAKSIS is one of the partners in this project under the official tittle: "New Psychoactive Substances among Problem Drug Users - Towards Effective and Comprehensive Health Responses in Europe". The project is funded by the EU and the other organizations are APDES, CORRELATION, THE CHARLES University of Prague, FRG, CARUSEL, MONAR, SANANIM). Our aims are to investigate in Greece the situation about NPS, to make known what is happening in european level and to suggest some adjusted harm reduction proposals in order to face the new challenges of today.
It is important to underline that in Greece EKTEPN is the institution that monitors (among other things) all NPS. PRAKSIS has come in contact with the institution from the very first day and intents to give as much feedback as possible to the work that EKTEPN does hoping that the program itself will support the EU early surveillance system too.
The project will last 2 years. For now we have created this webpage that you can visit here and through this tool we will inform about any new action that is scheduled.