Spotlight on Spice: Tackling Synthetic Cannabinoids Misuse

  • 03 October 2017
  • 18.00 - 20.00
  • Bright Building
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Spice is a powerful synthetic cannabinoid, with many dangerous adverse effects. Despite this, its use has become very common amongst vulnerable populations. UoM's student-led Homeless Healthcare Society invites you to help tackle some of these issues, bringing together a panel of experts to discuss their different experiences of the drug, and inviting along a diverse audience who wish to learn more.

This event is open to all and free to attend, with particular engagement sought from healthcare students, healthcare professionals and those working for services who engage with at risk populations.

This event is held in collaboration with the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health, ReThinkX and Manchester Science Partnerships.



Dr Jonathan Dewhurst: Clinical Lead for Substance Misuse Services in Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust. Dr Dewhurst will be discussing the clinical side of Spice, such as its action as a drug on the body, and how to manage these patients.

Judith Vickers (Lifeshare): Lifeshare is one of the key Manchester charities which supports individuals experiencing homelessness. They have daily encounters with users of Spice, and have seen how trends have changed over the years. Judith will talk about the impact she has seen.

Ian Millar: Expert by Experience for the Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health. Ian will be discussing his personal experiences of using psychoactive substances.


18:00-18:10 Welcome by Joshua Strange (chair of Homelss Healthcare Society) and Dr Nigel Hewett (secretary of Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health)

18:10-18:30 Clinical insights by Dr Jonathan Dewhurst

18:30-18:50 Frontline insights by Judith Vickers

18:50-19:10 Personal insights by Ian Millar

19:10-19:30 Panel discussions with Q&A

19:30-20:00 Refreshments and networking



What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The venue is a short walk from Oxford Road, with excellent transport links to Manchester City Centre via bus (42,43,142,143).

Parking is available at the venue.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email

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