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Government’s new Drugs strategy features Project Neptune

17 July 2017

The Government’s New Drug Strategy has been published. The document, a multi-pronged strategy, also features clinical training and treatment and promotes Project Neptune, specifically saying: “We will use our international networks to share best practice from the United Kingdom. This will include our experience of tailored prevention and treatment responses, such as Project NEPTUNE.”

NEPTUNE –the Novel Psychoactive Treatment UK Network – was set up to provide guidance on the clinical management for the harmful effects of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), and ‘club drugs’. It is funded by the independent charity the Health Foundation and is run from CNWL and the Club Drug Clinic.

Neptune is also mentioned in the new UK clinical guidelines for drug use, which have also just been published.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/628634/clinical_guidelines_2017.pdf

CNWL’s Dr Dima Abdulrahim, Principal researcher and programme manager at Neptune, said: “I am so pleased to see NEPTUNE acknowledged and promoted in this way; it is unique for the challenges of a developing issues around Psychoactive Substances. Clinical knowledge is vital and this resource will keep clinicians up to date. And that is good for people who suffer from after the effects of NPS.”

Read more about Neptune here: http://neptune-clinical-guidance.co.uk/about-us/

The Dug Strategy is at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/628148/Drug_strategy_2017.PDF

Extract about Project Neptune in the Strategy:

  • There is also a range of clinical guidance to support more specific issues, including the evidence-based clinical guidelines produced by Project NEPTUNE, funded by the Health Foundation, to aid in the detection, assessment and management of NPS users
  • This is aimed at clinicians working in a range of frontline settings, such as hospitals, sexual health services, primary care and drug treatment services
  • We will support and promote NEPTUNE II, a national on-line learning programme for frontline workers designed to improve the detection, assessment and management of the acute and chronic harms associated with the use of NPS and club drugs, and to increase delivery of evidence-based interventions. National rollout of NEPTUNE II is planned for later in 2017, alongside a formal evaluation. It is also vital that support is available after people have completed structured treatment to help them continue their recovery journeys, building on the progress they have made. Local areas should ensure that recovery support interventions, as defined in the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System, are available from the start of structured treatment and after it is completed
  • Services should also provide for rapid re-entry to treatment should it be needed
  • Policy exchange: we will use our international networks to share best practice from the United Kingdom. This will include our experience of tailored prevention and treatment responses, such as Project NEPTUNE.