The original DrugSearch encyclopaedia and the FAQs have been moved across from the DrugScope site, but will be undergoing substantive updating.
The arrival of ‘legal highs’ or novel psychoactive substances (NPS) has been a game-changer on many levels. One issue for DrugSearch is the inclusion of slang or brand names as entries. This was always problematic as both could change rapidly or mean different things in different parts of the country or even the same city. Additionally, many professionals and parents would worry that if they didn’t know the latest slang for drugs, they would be out of touch. There was always too much focus on this and the situation now is even more confusing, especially when terms like ‘bubble’ could mean any unknown white powder and there are examples of identical packaging containing entirely different substances. So any mention of slang or brand names is only meant to be indicative and there is no attempt to be comprehensive here.
Prescribed and Over-the Counter drug dependence, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prescribed Medicine