Dorset Police Act To Tackle "Legal Highs"
9:29am 6th December 2013
People supplying and using so called "legal highs" are being targeted by Dorset Police in a new crackdown.
Officers have sent letters to people believed to have used the substances and they've visited 4 addresses in the county last week.
The activity was aimed at stemming the supply of these products and raising awareness of the potential dangers of new psychoactive substances.
Experts in the field have welcomed the Police crackdown in Dorset and say "legal highs" are too easy for people to buy and they're dangerous.
Doctor Mindy Crispy from Dorset's Essential Drug and Alcohol Service told us "legal highs" are dangerous;
"They're relatively new to the market so therefore there's not been any longitudinal study about physical health and mental health problems.
But what we are seeing is more attendees to the accident and emergency departments where young people and adults have taken these substances and there have been some quite dire consequences. Just because something is legal it doesn't mean it's safe."
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Callaghan said sometimes you just don't know what's in the substance you're buying;
"The reality is that many of these products either contain controlled substances which are illegal or uncontrolled substances whose side-effects cannot be predicted.
"People selling these products are profiting on a significant scale and this campaign is about sending a clear message throughout the county as to the potential health risks from products labelled 'legal highs'.
"It is also about educating people about the consequences of using these products.
Anyone who buys such substances is playing roulette with their health and their futures. Possession of a controlled drug can lead to a criminal record which could damage job prospects and future travel plans."