Police warn against ‘legal’ highs

'Legal' highs can prove just as dangerous as illegal narcotics.
'Legal' highs can prove just as dangerous as illegal narcotics.

AS THE party season approaches, Police and partners are reminding the public about the dangers of ‘legal highs’ and are advising people not to take them.

It is believed that premises within the Force area are selling such substances, and although ‘legal’, multi-agency partners are reminding people that this does not mean they are safe.

Detective Inspector Brian MacKay said: “We are warning the public about the risks associated with the use of new psychoactive substances, otherwise known as ‘legal highs’.

“The dangers of these so-called ‘legal highs’ are unknown and mixing them with another drug or alcohol, can result in even more severe consequences.

“Don’t think that just because you can buy these items over the counter that they are safe.”

During the festive season and throughout the year, Police and health officials are keen to remind people about the dangers involved in taking substances and specifically, the risks associated with ‘legal highs’.

Some of the substances which parents and youngsters should be aware of include: Black Mamba Max, Blue Cheese, Red Dragon and Max Revolution. However, there will be other brand names.

Anyone who purchases these substances simply does not know what they contain and the adverse effect they may have when taken alone or in conjunction with other substances.

DI MacKay continued: “Whether purchased on-line or from a shop, there is no guarantee that they are safe to take. These substances can be professionally packaged and branded, but this doesn’t remove the substantial risk to health.

“We would strongly advise anyone against consuming any psychoactive substances and would urge anyone suffering from adverse effects to seek immediate medical attention.”

Despite the fact that these substances are marketed as ‘legal highs’ they still carry warnings which state they are not for human consumption.