Successful NPS Parents & Carers Event

"A fantastic informative event"

We were delighted to see so many people come along to our first event for parents and carers to become more informed on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), aka ‘legal highs’. Over 80 people attended on the night to gain knowledge on these substances which are affecting the lives of many young people and feedback was very positive. We were also grateful that local media supported our event and highlighted the dangers of NPS through some case studies.

Speakers from DA, Aberdeen Alcohol & Drugs Partnership and Police Scotland were in attendance to talk about what these New Psychoactive Substances are, how to speak to young people about them, the legal perspective and the present policy & legislation. There was also a moving first-hand account from a mother whose son was addicted to NPS which really brought the issue to life.

A common misconception is that these substances are safe because they are legal, however the effects of NPS can be more potent than illegal drugs. Luan Grugeon, Chief Executive, stated “enabling parents to have factual, open and honest conversations can help keep our young people safe, I would encourage any parent to get informed. This is only one event of many where DA will be getting the message out there and encouraging young people and adults to make sensible and informed choices where alcohol and drugs are concerned”.

If you would like advice and information on NPS or to find out about future DA events get in touch via our 7 day helpline 01224 594700 or email