Warning about ‘legal highs’

Police in the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division have issued a warning about the dangers associated with new psychoactive substances, also known as ‘legal highs’.

They are are currently sold at various businesses throughout the region but officers are keen to emphasise the potential risks to health if the public chose to consume NPS.

The warning follows a number of recent incidents in East Lothian, where people have been admitted to hospital after taking the substances.

Detective Superintendent Pat Campbell said: “We strongly advise people to avoid taking NPS. You can never be sure of what they may contain, what their strength may be or how they may affect you.

“There is no ‘safe’ amount to take and no ‘safe’ way of taking them. The dangers and risks to health, or indeed life, associated with the consumption of all drugs are significant in themselves, however this is increased further when you mix different drug types together, or when mixed with alcohol.

“We cannot stress highly enough that anyone taking any illicit drug or New Psychoactive Substance is potentially putting their life at risk.”

“Anyone who has taken a substance and who feels unwell should seek urgent medical advice.”

If you have any information in relation to new psychoactive substances you can contact the police on 101 or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

For more information visit the Scottish Government’s on-line drug information resource, Know the Score at www.knowthescore.info