The project contributes to the development of innovative and effective health promotion interventions regarding emerging NPS use in Europe by bringing together quality research capacity  a selected group of experienced service providers in the field of health promotion and harm reduction  and the Correlation Network.


Specific objectives:

  • provide an overview of the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) in populations of problem drug users (PDUs) in the EU28 countries and identify the associated risks for harm and the existing legislative, preventive and harm reduction responses;
  • assess, identify and describe harmful patterns of NPS use among PDUs, NPS related risks and harms in 5 selected countries, as well as identify and prepare adequate tailored public health responses;
  • develop and implement targeted pilot interventions for prevention, demand reduction and harm reduction targeting NPS use among PDUs;
  •  build best practice guidance and capacity among harm reduction workers towards improving harm reduction responses; and
  • disseminate the results of the Europe-wide inventory, 5 country assessment and local pilots on public health responses, through an online resource centre and a training manual, and at regional and national conferences.







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.