Cross Party Working Group on New Psychoactive Substances

A report summarising the work of the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)Cross Party Working Group and recommendations for further action.


1. Robertson, L. and Bates, E. (2014) Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2012-13: Drug Use, Edinburgh: Scottish Government, available at:

2. Ibid

3. Winstock, A (2014) The Global Drug Survey 2014 Findings, accessed 3 February 2015, available at:

4. NHS National Services Scotland (2014) Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey 2013: Drug Use among 13 and 15 year olds in Scotland, available at:

5. McAuley, A., Hecht, G., Barnsdale, L., Thomson, C., Graham, L., Priyadarshi, S., and Robertson, R. (2014) Mortality related to novel psychoactive substances in Scotland, 2012: An exploratory study; The International Journal of Drug Policy, available at: 6. Scottish Government (2014) New Psychoactive Substances Evidence Review, available at:

7. Ibid

8. National Records of Scotland (2015) Drug-related Deaths in Scotland in 2014, available at:

9. Ibid

10. Home Office (2014) New psychoactive substances review: report of the expert panel, available at:

11. Scottish Government (2015) New Psychoactive Substances Expert Review Group: Review of the Current Legal Framework Available to Govern the Sale and Supply of New Psychoactive Substances, available at:

12. Scottish Parliament Official Report of the Meeting of the Parliament 29 September 2015, accessed February 2016, available at:

13. The full text of the Psychoactive Substances Bill is available at:

14. The results of the questionnaire can be found at:

15. The Choices for Life website is available at:

16. The Know the Score website is available at:

17. Social Services Knowledge Scotland website, available at:

18. Gillies, Allan (2014) Closing Evidence Gaps on the Prevalence and Harms of New Psychoactive Substances in Scotland, Scottish Government, available at:


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