New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) consultation

Closed 31 Oct 2016

Opened 13 Sep 2016

Feedback Updated 16 Dec 2016

We Asked

We asked for your comments and level of support for our proposed Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), which would give police additional powers to enforce restrictions, and in some cases make arrests.

 

You Said

There were 658 respondents.

79% knew what NPS were.

66% had had an experience with someone they suspected of using NPS.

77% thought NPS were an issue in Leicester.

38% had experience of both individuals and groups using NPS.

11% said their families had been affected by NPS.

Specific problems experienced were:

  • 65% littering
  • 57% poor health
  • 55% intimidation
  • 52% mood swings
  • 49% noise
  • 49% verbal abuse
  • 47% physical abuse
  • 31% vulnerability.

50% experienced problems with NPS every day.

89% thought more public awareness was needed.

88% thought more could be done to prevent people from using NPS.

86% supported the use of a citywide NPS Order, which would give the police additional powers to deal with problems caused by NPS.

 

We Did

We are taking into account the 86% support for a citywide NPS Order as we consider a decision.

Overview

We are consulting to gauge the level of public awareness about New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) formerly known as ‘legal highs’ and the support to enforce controls on the use of NPS by giving the police additional powers through a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

Why We Are Consulting

On Thursday 26 May 2016, the Psychoactive Substances Act came into force; meaning that the production, supply and importation of these potentially dangerous drugs is now prohibited nationwide.

The new legislation gives police and other law enforcement agencies greater powers to tackle the trade in psychoactive substances, formerly known as ‘legal highs’ and will see offenders face up to seven years in prison.

The use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) is not a criminal offence, but both alone and with other substances, can result in acute toxicity and serious harm. The use of NPS can also result in users reducing their inhibitions and can cause paranoia, coma, seizures and in rare cases, death.

Community consultation is required to determine;

  • Level of public awareness about NPS
  • Public support to enforce controls on the use of NPS by giving the police additional powers via the application of a PSPO.
     

Where Will it Apply

The council can consider the application of a PSPO on any public space within its own local authority boundary. The definition of public space is wide and includes any place to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission, for example a shopping centre.

Enforcement

The application of a PSPO will give police additional powers on the use of NPS by enforcing any restrictions and in some cases to make arrests.

Areas

  • All Areas

Audiences

  • All residents
  • All households
  • Drug and Alcohol services
  • Police

Interests

  • Public health
  • City development and neighbourhoods
  • Local government