SDF Workforce Development Programme

Updated e-learning course!
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Scottish Drugs Forum is pleased to announce an update to a free e-learning resource dedicated to raising knowledge and awareness of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – otherwise known as ‘legal highs’. The course, ‘New Drugs, New Trends? – A workers toolkit for NPS’ has been designed to meet the needs of people who may come into contact with people who use NPS.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Name the seven categories of substances which apply to NPS
  • Recall the legislation affecting NPS
  • Recall current and emerging trends with regards to NPS in Scotland
  • Give an overview of two key substances in use
  • Identify techniques to support people who use NPS
  • Describe typical patterns of use, including poly-substance use


The primary audience for the course can be identified as people who work in drug services, various other audiences will benefit from the e-learning, including; GPs, nurses, teachers, police, housing workers, social workers and mental health workers.

The e-learning course can be accessed by clicking here.