The Scottish Government wishes to engage with those who are likely to be impacted by the Psychoactive Substances Bill, in order to explore the potential needs of stakeholders in Scotland.
The questionnaire covers three key areas:
1. Sharing the proposed definition of NPS as set out in the draft Psychoactive Substances Bill, and seeking views on a model for categorising NPS within this high level definition.
2. Gathering views on potential functions of a Forensic Centre for Excellence, to lead on the detection and identification of NPS, and
3. Gathering views about how to improve data collection and information sharing on NPS between stakeholders.
This information will be used to inform on-going discussions with the Home Office and to determine the extent to which these needs can be met by the UK Government in their plans to implement the Bill. It is acknowledged that in the current financial climate, any plans are likely to be limited in scope. Therefore, although a Centre for Excellence has the potential to address some of the gaps in knowledge on NPS in Scotland, the intention is not that it should address all of the existing gaps in data collection and information sharing comprehensively. The Scottish Government is seeking to identify the most pressing gaps and the key priority areas and then explore the options for how these could be addressed.