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KFx Resources

Updated 10.1.17

This section contains downloadable resources prepared by KFx on a variety of subjects. They are arranged in reverse chronological order, with the most recent posted at the top.

Some of the resources were written during previous periods of employment. They are posted here to ensure their continued availability.

All resouces can be downloaded free of charge. They remain the intellectual property of Kevin Flemen and should not be ammended or redistributed without written permission. This will be freely given for all not-for-profit use.

Drugs and legal information is constantly changing and users of this literature should always ensure that they are using up to date information. No liability can be accepted for any innaccuracies or ommissions in any of these resources.

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DRUGS MAP (January 2017)This chart locates newer and 'traditional' drugs in a framework grouped by effect, colour-coded by legal status. Widely used on training courses, it is a powerful visual summary of key information suitable for laminating and displaying in numerous settings for easy reference. Includes changes resulting from the PSA 2016, SCRAs controlled in December 2016 and benzodiazepines made TCDO drugs in 2016.

Performance Enhancing Drugs
(Revised August 2016.)
Replaces previous editions: 
130pp PDF; 4.5MB

A free reference pack for anyone with an interest in Performance Enhancing Drugs; useful for workers and users. Loads of information and look up tools. Also includes care planning tools and a Needle Exchange assessment tool. Substantially revised August 2016
NPS List (Feb 2017)Expanded and updated NPS list with colour coding and updated to reflect the PSA.
This version uploaded February 2017. It is in an interim update with some corrections and reflecting the changes to 3rd generation SCRAs from December 2016. A further update with new compounds will come later this month.
Psychoactive Substances Act 2016
A Q+A format sumamry of the PSA including implications for Social Landlords and a process flowchart. 6pp PDF
Synthetic Cannabinoids (SCRA) Screening and Action Plan toolIntended to be used with people primarily or exclusively using synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, this tool is based on the cannabis screening tool. it has been revised to make it more relevant to SCRA users. Uploaded September 2015. 10pp
Cannabis Screening and Action Plan ToolA revised version on the Cannabis Screening tool. Visually altered to make with colour and better layout. it replaces the version in the Cannabis Pack. Uploaded September 2015. PDF 10pp
Newer Unregulated Drugs
Screening Tool for Young People
This simple screening tool is intended to assess which Newer Unregulated Drugs (or NPCs) are being used and the impact of use. It is a intended to be printed at 2pp, double sided A4, giving an 8 page booklet. Minor amendments to one question have bene made.
(Revised September 2015)
Drugs and Mental Health Hospitals - Dogs and the Police
This leaflet is intended to help explain why sniffer dogs may end up getting used in Hospital settings and to explain to patients what their rights are when enforcement action takes place in hospital wards.
The leaflet qwas originally written in 2007 in co-operation with Thames Valley Forensic mental Health Servicesford. As part of the website overhaul it has been reformatted and rechecked prior to re-publishing.
PDF 12 Pages

Sample Drugs Policy 2011 (High Tolerance)
Spring 2011
Replaces previous editions

Version 7 of the Sample Drugs Policy. It has been completely revised with an extensive new guide on developing a drugs policy, and additional policy and procedure sections. Rededesigned and rewritten with the support of Homeless Link this revision to the Policy is the most significant since it was first written in 1996.
PDF only - 2mb - 68 pages

Needle Sizes Poster and Needle Selection Flow Chart
New for 2010

Version 1: One slide per page
Version 2: two slides per page

As part of the process of overhauling the Safer Injecting Training slides, two new slides emerged which proved very popular and so these are being made available to anyone who needs them in Needle Exchange settings. The flow-chart is a simple way for workers and injectors to work through which needles are more appropriate for the chosen site; the needle poster is an aide-memoire which covers key needle sizes and uses.

The posters can be printed up to a3 individually or printed as 2pp a4 for distribution.

Drugs Facts 2010

Complete Drug Facts
Drug Facts Reader
Drug Fact Cards

Updated and revise August 2010 with new Mephedrone, Melanotan cards, Mephdrone Data Sheet and revised law.

The KFx Drug Facts resources, which are available and viewable on the site, can be downloaded here in three different formats.

The Complete Drug Facts includes all the text, fact cards and harm reduction cards.

The Drug Facts Reader contains the text only.

The Drug Facts Cards collates all the Drug facts and HR cards only.

The Cannabis Briefing

Updated July 2010
Important updates; replaces previous editions:

A free, comprehensive and indispensable guide to cannabis for workers and users. Approaches cannabis from a harm reduction perspective, looks at health, social and legal issues. An indispensable resource for anyone interested in the most widely used illicit drug in the UK.

Updated 2010 with more on dependency, mental health and working with dependency.

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Revised Guidance on
Cannabis Law and Policing
January 2009

A revised briefing on cannabis and the law release to coincide with the reclassification of Cannabis on January 26th 2009.
Hostel Opiate Overdose Risk Assessment Tool (V4)
A simple screening tool for hostel staff and housing workers to assess level of overdose risk and plan accordingly for new hostel residents; redesigned in colour and jointly released with Homeless Link

Drug Use and Homelessness

Toolkit 1: Assessment of local need.

Document to assist the process of estimating the level of need for housing amongst drug users and the use of drugs amongst those in housing need. First part of the new KFx toolkit.
The Safer Injecting Pack 2008

A 128 page resource pack which is usually only distributed on courses. Due to a number of requests this is being made available free, for downloads. Last time we tried this (with the steroid pack) we suggested people might like to make a donation to support costs. No-one did but, undeterred, here's another freebie for you.

This is a very handy reference text for injectors, workers and service managers and will be an essential read for anyone concerned about injecting.

Management of Drugs on Premises
Regional Protocols for Accommodation Providers
Strategies for Development and Implementation

New for August 2007
New document to help regional bodies developing regional protocols get it right and avoid common perils and pitfalls.

Legislation (2007 update)

updated January 2007
minor updates;
replaces previous editions
Scheduled for revision 1/09 to reflect cannabis reclassification

This booklet updates previous "Legislation" sections which should now be discarded. It reflects amendments made to the paraphernalia laws, and reclassification of Methamphetamines.

Please read in conjunction with "Managing Drugs on Premises" briefing above.

Managing Drugs on Premises

updated January 2006 with several substantial amendments
Replaces previous editions

Updated document (1.4.04) that looks at the current obligations for managers of premises with updates relating to Section 8(d) of the MDA, the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 and the reclassification of cannabis. Essential reading.

Landlords and Drugs

updated January 2006

minor amendments

A booklet for landlords. This summarises their key legal obligations under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, and updates relating to the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003

It is intended as an aide-memoire for private landlords, especially those working in cooperation with RSLs to provide housing to people who use drugs. Please read in conjunction with "Managing Drugs on Premises" briefing above.

Injecting Equipment and Sharps Bins

Updated February 2006
Important updates;
replaces previous editions

This updated document replaces the previous version and reflects changes in the legislation relating to the distribution of injecting paraphernalia.

Policing Cannabis

Joint working protocols for managing cannabis use in residential settings reviewed with minor revisions January 2006

This document looks at the scope and process for agreeing a local policy between the police and social care providers for the management of cannabis use in residential and other settings.

On Storage

reviewed and minor revisions January 2006

This long awaited document looks at the current legislation, guidance and Caselaw related to the storage of controlled drugs outside of medical settings. It looks at the legality of this activity, and strategies for managing the storage of drugs within the law.

Closure Orders - How to Respond

Feb 2005

A briefing for tenants, squatters, or other occupiers who have been made the subject of a Closure Notice under the Antisocial Behaviour Act and wish to proceed. The document is @nticopyright and can be copied and redistributed

School Report - Random Drug Testing

May 2005

Faversham School in Kent launched a programme of random drug testing in school early in 2005. This document looks at the problems of such an approach. It is an accessible document as relevant for pupils and parents as drugs workers. Please redistribute widely!
Drugs and School, Dogs and the Police A paper for young people looking at drugs in schools, and the rights of pupils when it comes to dogs, searching and the police.
Blue Light Blues A paper that explains why putting blue lights in toilets is an ineffecttive and dangerous way of preventing injecting and looks at safer alternatives

Familiar Drugs

Working Inclusively with Families about Drugs

This document was originally written whilst at the Inclusion Project at Release. It is re-released here to make a contribution to the ongoing issue of work with parents, carers and other family members.
Room For Drugs Written for the Inclusion Project at Release, this document is (c) Release. It looks at the policy, practice and legal issues relating to the Misuse of Drugs act and working with drug users in premises settings. Please read in conjunction with "Use and Supply on Premises" briefing above.
Smoke and Whispers

Originally written whilst I worked for Turning Point, this landmark document was one of the first pieces of work that identified the high levels of drug use amongst people who were homeless and using drugs. There's a new preface. It's a Word file as my best attempts to convert it to a PDF file have so far failed! Slightly dated now, there is much here that I would love to revisit. So if anyone wants to fund this piece of work please get in touch!

Making Contact

An analysis of satellite work as a strategy for reaching "hard to reach" populations. Again, written whilst at the Hungerford Project. But unfortunately they don't see fit to post these things on their website so they are here instead!

Whilst there is much here that I still like, I would now change my stance about the approach to confidentiality outlined here. I think that closer joint working and policy revision is a better strategy than the ring-fenced approach advocated here.

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