New Psychoactive Substances among People Who Use Drugs Heavily -Towards Effective and Comprehensive Health Responses in Europe

Developing innovative methodologies to identify and monitor new trends and patterns in the consumption and adverse consequences of – in particular - new psychoactive substances, and the development of targeted approaches in prevention, harm reduction and treatment

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

Practical level:

  • 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


NPS in Europe is contributing to these requirements by analysing the extend and patterns of NPS use in europe, by developing tailored interventions and by preparing best practice guidelines for harm reduction services.


Check out more on this website, get involved in our surveys and trainings.







Defining NPS

New to Whom?

UNODC defines new psychoactive substancesor NPS as:... read more


Defining Target Groups

Defining the Project’s target audience or end beneficiaries comes with considerable difficulties. The official project title... read more





Project News

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Addictology, the Czech based journal for research into addiction, published a special issue on NPS related articles, including those with the outcomes of the NPS in Europe project.

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The NPS staff presented project outcomes at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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NPS Policy: Moving Forward
Leading European experts, including researchers, practitioners and policy makers will meet at a Seminar in Lisbon on the 26th of November to discuss the latest developments in the field of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

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The NPS in Europe project organises a training on new psychoactive substances (nps), 23 - 25 November 2015 in Lisbon, Portugal. The training is aimed at service provider and peers, supporting NPS users in Europe. The course will give an overview of relevant NPS substances, identify current patterns and develop effective harm reduction service responses.
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Practical information...

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NPS in Europe

is launching a questionnaire on NPS use in all European countries.