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People in Pocklington and Market Weighton Warned of Risks of Legal Highs.


6:41am 8th May 2013

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is launching an awareness campaign this week which aims to highlight the risks of New Psychoactive Substances, also known as Legal Highs.

The campaign aims to highlight the risks of legal highs and recreational substance misuse.

New Psychoactive Substances are substances used like illegal drugs, but not covered by current misuse of drugs laws, and so are legal to possess or to use say the council's Youth and Family Support Service.

They add that although these drugs are marketed as legal substances, it doesn’t mean they are safe or approved for people to use. It just means that they’ve not been declared illegal to use and possess. They are still normally considered illegal to sell under medicines legislation, say the council's Youth and Family Support Service.

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health says "NPS 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.  Some drugs marketed as legal highs actually contain some ingredients that are illegal to possess.

"NPS are usually sold on internet sites as plant food, bath salts or herbal remedies. They may be labelled 'not for human consumption'. Used alongside alcohol, NPS pose even greater risks to health and should be avoided".

Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health said: “Many people taking these substances believe that they are taking something safe since the substances are sold as being legal. This misconception is putting the public at risk as these substances are often produced with illegal ingredients. Also, as they are not tested we do not know what the long term side effects of using these substances may be.  In the short term many side effects have already been identified which are harming the health of users.”

Information leaflets and posters will be distributed across the East Riding of Yorkshire and made available upon request. This information is also on the Drug and Alcohol information pages of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website.

Copies of the leaflet or poster are available from Laurie Fergusson, Drug and Alcohol Information and Development Officer on 01482 301014 or Laurie.Fergusson@eastriding.gov.uk.

Anyone who would like an appointment to see a drugs worker about NPS or any other drug issues should contact the East Riding Partnership on 01482 344690. 

There are separate services for young people with drug or alcohol problems in the East Riding of Yorkshire. To speak to a Young People's Substance Misuse Worker contact the Youth and Family Support Service Specialist Support Team by email at youth.specialistteam@eastriding.gov.uk or telephone 01482 392200 or alternatively email yfs@eastriding.gov.uk or telephone: 01482 392824

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