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Illegal substances update for frontline professionals
Many professionals find themselves working with young people, adults and families affected by illegal drug taking, but have little practical knowledge themselves of illegal drugs, their specific impact on physical and mental health, or their effect on behaviour.
The illegal substances market has changed rapidly in the last few years, and there are now literally thousands of products available. These products contribute to, or sometimes drive, almost all other social problems and are associated with criminal activity. The range of front line professionals encountering the effects of illegal substances, or trying to take responsibility for prevention, has grown much wider.
An understanding of the illegal substances available, who takes them, and how they are obtained is essential background information for front line service providers.