Pre-conference workshops will all take place on Tuesday November 17th, 1:00 – 4:30pm

Workshop 1:

Analytical Toxicology and Pharmacology of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

Facilitator: Donna Papsun, NMS Labs

A half-day workshop aimed at providing a cradle-to-grave perspective on topics related to laboratory based identification of NPS.  The workshop will cover analytical approaches for the identification, characterization, and confirmation of NPS in seized drugs and toxicology samples, considerations in the preparation of standard reference materials, metabolite and biomarker discovery, and determination of receptor binding and pharmacological activity of new substances, from leaders in the field of forensic toxicology and pharmacology.  Online material and podcasts will be also available.

Workshop 2:

Clinical Management of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Intoxication and Addiction

Facilitator: Dr Antonio Metastasio

A half-day workshop aimed at updating clinicians and first responders on the clinical management of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) intoxication.  The different presentations will focus on the most recent advances in the classification of the main NPS and on the clinical (acute and chronic) effects of the NPS. Approaches to clinical management will be discussed using interactive clinical cases.  Online material and podcasts will be also available.

Workshop 3:

Intervention, Risks and Harms of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

Facilitator: Prof Jan Ramaekers

A half-day workshop aimed to educate clinicians, researchers and policy makers on the epidemiology, economics and social and behavioral harms of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS).  The different sessions will focus on the most recent updates on the prevalence and risks associated with NPS and present best practice models of risk and harm prevention strategies. Clinical studies will be presented that define behavioral and cognitive effects of the NPS in laboratory and naturalistic settings. Online material and podcasts will be also available.

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