I hope you are looking forward to the next LNW LPF meeting due to take place on October 16th at Harrow District Masonic Center.
Ahead of this event, your LPF would be extremely grateful if you could contribute to an important piece of research being undertaken by Dr Amira Guirguis, examining pharmacists understanding of Novel Psychoactive Substances. Amira is the research lead for LNW LPF and would be grateful for your support.
The work will be discussed further on the evening of the LPF event and opportunity will be provided to complete the survey if you haven't done so already. I'm sure you'll agree it is a fascinating area where pharmacists can have a crucial role.
Please see below for further details
The significant informational, promotional and distributional capacity of the internet plays an important role in the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS - legal high) market. NPS/'legal highs' are therefore largely available online and thus ‘just a click’ away from our homes and potentially available to everyone, including children and adolescents. NPS are associated with toxicity presentations to hospital emergency departments, mental health units and sexual health and addiction clinics.
The aim of the survey is to explore the knowledge about the NPS phenomenon by healthcare professionals and to develop new prevention and harm reduction strategies. In this particular instance, we are seeking to obtain information specifically from UK pharmacists and nurses. This survey forms part of the wider research activities of the Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit of the University of Hertfordshire.
This work aims are “to monitor, test, profile, and feed back into education and prevention knowledge relating to the types of NPS emerging in Europe, their associated characteristics and potential harms”. The knowledge of those in the medical and allied health professions, including pharmacists and nurses.
We would be very grateful if you could take part in this survey which can be done by following this link:
Thank you in advance,
Dr Amira Guirguis – Lead Researcher of the project
Psychopharmacology, Drug Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances Research Unit
Department of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and Postgraduate Medicine
University of Hertfordshire - UK
Email: [email protected]