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What are Legal Highs?Bath Salts

Legal Highs are substances which produce similar effects to illegal drugs (such as Cocaine. Cannabis and Ecstasy),  but that are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act. These new substances are not yet controlled because there is not enough research about them yet to ban. However, more and more Legal highs are being researched to see what the dangers are and if they should be made illegal

SCIENTIFIC TERM:

Chemical name differs for each Legal High
 
STREET NAMES:

There are a large number of Legal Highs and they can have all kinds of names, some include: Benzo Fury, 5-IAI, MDAT, Spice, Sence, Magic, Salvia Divinorum, Party Pills, Kratom, GBL, BZP, Raz, Charge, Snow Blow, Happy Caps, Blessed, Diablo, Doves, Summer Haze, Pep Pills, A2, Nemesis, Frenzy and Legal E.

EFFECTS:

The effects of any drug, including Legal Highs, vary from person to person. How Legal Highs affect a person depends on many things including their size, weight and health, also whether the person is used to taking it and whether other drugs are taken around the same time. The effects of any drug also depend on the amount taken.  Effects vary depending upon which substance you are using. For example, if you smoke Spice then you will find that the effects are similar to those of Cannabis. These include feeling relaxed and ‘chilled out’ or hyperactive, talkative and giggly. Many people find that their perceptions have altered or that they experience mild hallucinations. A drug such as Mephedrone causes similar effects to those from using ecstasy or cocaine. These include euphoria, increased confidence, lots of energy and empathy with others. It can also suppress the appetite, speed up the heart rate and reduce inhibitions.

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF USE:

Legal Highs come in various forms.  Some of these are herbal mixtures can be added to tobacco and smoked. Others come as a white powder or as tablets or capsules.  These substances may be swallowed, some come in the form of Incense, drinks and Tinctures.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Legal highs can carry serious health risks. The chemicals they contain have in most cases never been used in drugs for human consumption before, so haven''''t been tested to show that they are safe. Users can never be certain what they are taking and what the effects might be.   Legal Highs carry serious health risks.  The chemicals they contain have, in most cases, never been  used in drugs for human consumption, so haven’t been tested.  Taking the drug is like playing Russian roulette.  Having them along with Alcohol or any other drugs increases the risk of death. They can reduce inhibitions, cause drowsiness, coma, paranoid states, seizures and death.  A drug sold as a Legal High may contain a banned substance. There seem to be more hospital admissions when new Legal Highs come out as nobody knows quite what they contain and what the effects could be.  Just the fact that a substance is sold as Legal doesn’t mean that it’s safe.  You can’t really be sure what’s in a Legal High that you’ve bough, or been given, or what effect it’s likely to have on you.  Like many drugs,   You increase the risk to yourself if you combine alcohol with any legal or illegal substance that causes a high, including the risk of death. Reduced inhibitions, drowsiness, excited or paranoid states, coma, seizures and death. Because legal highs are often new and, in many cases, the actual chemical ingredients in a branded product can be changed without you knowing, the risks are unpredictable.  Legal Highs are addictive after prolonged use. People who use a drug regularly can develop tolerance to it.

LAW:

Legal Highs are substances which produce similar effects to illegal drugs but that are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act.  Just the fact that a substance is sold as legal doesn’t mean that it’s safe, regardless of any brand name.  The actual contents can vary greatly and you can’t really be sure what’s in a Legal High that you’ve bought, or been given, or what effect it’s likely to have on you.  Also, some drugs sold as Legal Highs have been found to contain one or more substances that are, in fact, illegal. The truth is that you cannot be 100% sure what they will contain  A number of substances previously referred to as Legal Highs have now be banned under the Misuse of Drugs Act. For example Mephedrone. Being in possession of or supplying a controlled drug is an offence.

  1. Mixing with other substances can increase the risks, and some Legal Highs should not be taken with Alcohol.
  2. You generally don’t know the mixture and quantity of the chemicals in legal highs, giving the potential for harm.
  3. Because Legal Highs include lots of different substances and what’s in them can change, often the immediate effects can vary. There is the possibility of accidental overdosing as the strength of some substances is unknown.
  4. There has been very little research into the short, medium and long term risks of the various Legal Highs. However, it is becoming increasingly clear that they are far from harmless and can have similar health risks to drugs like Cocaine, Ecstasy and Speed.
  5. Substances sold as Legal Highs are invariably an unknown quantity. They may be a dangerous combination of toxic chemicals which people take, believing they are safe. There is a wide range of side effects which include psychosis, depression, panic attacks, heart problems, seizures, coma, loss of bladder function and even death.
  6. Legal Highs vary in strength. The most potent are most likely to cause overdose. anything more than a few grains of the strongest can cause death.
  7. In an attempt to avoid legislative controls, some producers and suppliers are now manufacturing illicit drug analogues and derivatives. It can be hard to judge how much of a Legal High has been taken, as they are not regulated, so quality and strength will vary from one batch to another.
  8. Legal Highs are labelled as research chemicals, plant food, bath crystals or pond cleaner and carry the warning, “not for human consumption”.
  9. Legal Highs are labelled as research chemicals, plant food, bath crystals or pond cleaner and carry the warning, “not for human consumption”.
  10. Some drugs sold as ‘legal’ actually have been found to contain one or more substances that are, in fact, illegal.
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