June 10, 2016
From the event website:
The emergence of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) — ranging from synthetic cannabinoids, such as K2, to synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl — pose a number of challenges for policymakers, media covering these issues, medical and social service providers, and people who use these substances. Unfortunately, current media and policy responses to NPS have been largely fueled by misinformation rather than facts. This summit will share what is currently known about NPS, identify areas for future research, discuss strategies for intervening when use becomes harmful and for new forms of drug regulation, and explore how messaging and media about NPS can become more constructive. The summit will lay the foundation for a series of recommendations for policymakers, medical and social service providers, and media based in evidence rather than fear.
For more information, visit the event website.