Where do you get New Psychoactive Substances from?


Many NPS, also known as NEDs, can be bought on the high street in ‘head shops’ and on the Internet.

A head shop is a retail outlet that sells drug paraphernalia, e.g. equipment such as bongs and pipes for smoking drugs, along with recreational drugs that are legal to sell (although not for human consumption). Head shops can be found on the high street.


There are large numbers of websites selling NPS, also known as NEDs, in the UK and worldwide.

According to a UK Ofcom report, parents in Wales appear to be less concerned about how their children use the Internet. They are less likely to say they have Internet parental controls set, 37 per cent in 2010 compared to 43 per cent in 2009. Those who don’t have parental controls mainly say it’s either because they trust their child or because they are supervising them. 

It is important that parents and teachers are aware that the use of NPS is promoted through such websites as YouTube. This site has numerous films posted of young people taking them. There are many other forums where other users advise how to take these drugs.