Posters | 14 10 2015


New Psychoactive Substance use in Australia, 2010-2015



New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are substances which do not fall under international drug controls but which may pose a public health threat (UNODC 2013). There are currently more than 450 NPS being monitored by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA, 2015). NPS are a global phenomenon, however much of the existing research focuses on the European market. In 2013, it was estimated that 1.2% of the Australian population had used synthetic cannabinoids in the last 12 months, and 0.4% had used another type of NPS (AIHW, 2014).