• MCM

30 minutes

GPs,GP trainees

Novel psychoactive substances: types, mechanisms of action, and effects

In 2016 the Psychoactive Substances Bill banned trading but not possession of all current and future novel psychoactive substances (NPS), sometimes incorrectly called “legal highs,” in an attempt to overcome rapid proliferation of these compounds. Over 560 substances are currently monitored by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, with 100 new agents identified in 2015 alone. Stimulants and synthetic cannabinoids account for the vast majority and are the types most commonly clinically encountered. Read the article on this subject then take the multiple choice assessment.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this module you should know:

  • The common types of novel psychoactive substances (NPS)
  • Their mechanisms of action
  • Their effects.

Written by:

Derek K Tracy, David M Wood, and David Baumeister

Contributors:

Assessment questions were written by BMJ clinical editors.

Last updated

25 Jan 2017

Release date

25 Jan 2017

Accreditation

Accreditor credit Accreditation statement
ASCOFAME 0:30 hours BMJ Learning has assigned half an hour of CPD/CME credit to this module. BMJ Learning modules are being certified for ASCOFAME VIRTUAL (Colombia).
Austrian Academy of Physicians 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours BMJ Learning modules have been certified for DFT Punkte. DFT Punkte are accepted in Austria
BMJ Learning 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours BMJ Learning has assigned half an hour of credit to the module and related journal article
Bhutan Medical and Health Council 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours Bhutan Medical and Health Council has formally accredited all BMJ Learning online modules for continuous professional development. Bhutan Medical and Health Council will accept the CME credit provided by BMJ Learning to any registered members of Bhutan Medical and Health Council for renewal of their registration.
Delhi Medical Council 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours The Delhi Medical Council recognises BMJ Learning as being accredited for the purpose of continuous medical education (CME)/continuous professional development (CPD). Doctors can thus claim continuous professional development credits for their activity in BMJ Learning. Completion of one 30 minute module is considered the equivalent of 0.5 credits or half an hour of learning.
Dubai Health Authority 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours BMJ Learning is approved as a CME resource by the Dubai Health Authority (accreditation number 0254/11)
Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours Kuwait Institute for Medical Specialization (KIMS) of the Ministry of Health, State of Kuwait is the authority responsible for organising all aspects of postgraduate training of medical practitioners and other health professionals in Kuwait. Users within Kuwait can claim 30 minutes or 0.5 credit per half an hour of learning completed.
Oman Medical Specialty Board 0.25 credits The Oman Medical Specialty Board accredits this module for 0.25 credit points under Category II
Pakistan Society of Family Physicians 0.5 credits, 0:05 hours The Pakistan Society of Family Physicians has assigned half an hour of credit to this module.
Royal Australasian College of Physicians 0:30 hours The RACP does not accredit CPD activities, but MyCPD Program guidelines state that fellows can claim a maximum of 50 credits per year for online learning under 'Category 6 - Other Learning Activities'.
The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa 3 credits The Colleges of Medicine of South Africa has accredited this BMJ Learning module (accreditation number: MDB014/254/06/2010)
The Ministry of Public Health in Qatar 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours The Ministry of Public Health in Qatar represented by the Accreditation Department of the Qatar Council for Health Practitioners recognizes the continuous medical education (CME)/continuing professional development (CPD) modules provided through BMJ Learning as Category II self-directed learning activities in the State of Qatar. Healthcare professionals in Qatar can thus claim continuing professional development credits for their activity on BMJ Learning, calculated as 0.5 credits unit per 0.5 hours (Organization Code OP-02).
The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours RNZCGP endorses the British Medical Journal online CME programmes
UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention 0.5 credits, 0:30 hours This Program has been awarded 0.5 CPD Credit Hours by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention.
University of Health Sciences Lahore 0.5 credits, 0:05 hours University of Health Sciences Lahore has assigned half an hour of credit to this module.