Keynote Address – New drugs: keeping up with constant change
Every week a new mind-altering drug is developed. Also, people are always on the lookout for new ways of misusing prescribed drugs. Injecting of Fentanyl patches is one example of this. Then there are others who become addicted to newer pain killers or sleeping tablets without planning to. It is a challenge for services and workers to keep up with the changing sets of drugs that community members are using. It can also be hard to know how best to help a person who runs into problems with those drugs.
In this session we will look at some of the newer drugs that are being used, with a view to understanding their effects on the people who take them. We will also look at the challenges in trying to prevent harm from these drugs.
We will look at what treatments have been tried for newer drugs and what evidence is around on what might work, and any ways in which new evidence is being gathered. Finally, we will look at how services can find reliable information about a new drug or a new form of drug misuse, by phone or through the internet.