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Posted on: 6th February 2013

Legal Highs Conference attracts interest from far and wide

Open Road’s inaugural conference: ‘What’s the story? Legal Highs’ attracted over 70 delegates from across England.

The conference, sponsored by CyberMedia, was held at Essex County Cricket Ground in Chelmsford.  A line up of expert speakers from research, the Police, youth education and the National Treatment Agency offered a broad spectrum of knowledge and views. In addition, stories from service users and their families illustrated the devastating effects these new drugs can have  on individuals, families, communities and wider society.

Conference Organiser, Clive Emmett, who heads up Open Road’s Mid-Essex operation said: ‘We were delighted with the turnout. It just goes to show what a challenge Legal Highs are currently presenting organisations across our society. The atmosphere on the day was inspiring – lots of networking and exchange of opinion between delegates, each of whom brought their own professional perspective on the issue. Thanks to everybody who came along, challenged the speakers and contributed to an engaging event.’

Speaker presentations.

Please note, these presentations have kindly been made available to conference delegates. They should not be copied without the permission of the speakers.

Dr Ornella Corazza, Principal Lecturer, University of Hertfordshire, spoke on the implications of Legal highs on medical practice and forms of intervention.
Please contact Dr Corazza for a copy of her presentation:

D.I. Ian Goldsborough, Metropolitan Police, gave an overview of past and current legislation and how law enforcement agencies are tackling novel substances.
Download his presentation here.

Ren Masetti, Training coordinator, Sufolk DAAT, discussed approaches to drugs education and what works best in raising awareness and knowledge in young people.
Download his presentation here.

Rick Andrews, Deputy Regional Manager at the National Treatment Agency, presented a statistical overview of the emerging trends from the national database.
Download his presentation here.

Russell Newcombe, Director of 3D Research was unable to attend the conference but has kindly offered delegates a copy of his presentation.
Download his presentation here.


What our delegates had to say

‘Very informative; well attended and raised many points to tackle in the future’.

‘Excellent range of speakers.’

‘Very good range of partners present – a great networking opportunity.’

‘Good to hear the Police perspective.’

‘Well organised! Look forward to the next one.’

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