During the discussion, we will provide a comprehensive overview of what NPS are and their potential harms. It will explore the various types of NPS, including synthetic cannabinoids, synthetic cathinones, and hallucinogens, shedding light on their chemical structures and modes of action. The effects of NPS on the central nervous system will also be put under scrutiny, highlighting their stimulant properties and potential risks. 

This event will be an excellent opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the emerging field of novel psychoactives and their effects on the body.  

Join us for a captivating and informative moderated discussion with Professor Shane Darke from the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales. Professor Darke, a renowned expert in the field, will share his extensive knowledge and research findings, providing valuable insights into the rapidly evolving landscape of psychoactive substances. 


Language: English 



5.00 – 5.45 PM Moderated discussion 

Prof. Dr. Shane Darke, professor, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales  

Prof. Dr. József Haller, director, Drug Research Institute 

Moderator: Kristóf Téglásy, strategic director, Drug Research Institute 

5.45 – 6.00 PM Q&A 


Shane Darke has published widely in the area of illicit drug use, including ground-breaking work on opioid overdose, suicide, psychostimulant overdose, psychopathology, trauma, treatment outcome and toxicology. He has written many seminal works, particularly on opioid overdose, and has published 310 articles, 6 books, 85 Monographs, 8 book chapters, and has a Hirsch Index of 60 (with >13,000 citations). He is listed in the top 0.1% of substance dependence researchers worldwide (PlosBiology 2020). In 2021 he was ranked as the world’s leading expert on heroin dependence by Expertscape, an  objective ranking of people and institutions by their expertise in biomedical topics. His most recent books are “The clinician‘s guide to illicit drugs and health“ (2019) and The pocket guide to illicit drugs and health (2021), published by Silverback Publishing (London). He is the Australasian Regional Editor of Addiction (the leading international journal in the field) and an Associate Editor of both Drug and Alcohol Dependence and Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports.

The event is open to the press and all, but pre-registration is required. Register here