Legal Highs (Psychoactive Substances) are substances used like drugs, They offer the same highs as cocaine and cannabis.

They 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.

As with alcohol and other recreational drugs, users can suffer from reduced inhibitions, drowsiness, excited or paranoid states, coma, seizures and, in a few cases, death.

About Legal Highs

The chemical ingredients in a branded product can be changed without the user knowing, therefore the risks are unpredictable. For example a glass of wine would contain the same alcohol content allowing a person taking a social drink to understand the effects. This is not the same for legal highs resulting in a different reaction to the drug. Even drugs that look similar or have similar names may be of varying strengths and have different effects.

These substances 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 pose even greater risks to health and should be avoided.

The ‘legal high’ industry moves fast – around one new drug is produced every week. This process has been going on for about 100 years – the difference now is that the internet has created a global drug marketplace.

These drugs are produced well outside of the standard rules and regulations – so there are massive variations in quality. Most medications are subjected to long studies and ‘safety testing’. This is not the case with ‘legal highs’, so nobody knows the short-term or long-term risks.

Changes to the law around substances formerly known as ‘legal highs’ have come into force across the UK.

The Psychoactive Substances Act provides a blanket ban on the production, supply and importation of these types of drugs giving officers and Trading Standards new powers to prevent harm.

Anyone caught breaking the new law could face up to seven years in prison.

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The Campaign


This campaign aims to protect vulnerable people, as part of an effective response to new and evolving wider threats to the most vulnerable young people.

The #Ill_legal highs campaign aims to:

  • Raise the awareness, risks and dangers of participating in the use of these drugs
  • Provide information on the side-effects/health issues
  • Advise how criminal records can affect a young person’s future
  • Explain that one drug may not kill, but the next one might
  • Educate parents/carers/teachers that legal highs does not mean safe
  • Provide further information on the chemical mix of these products
  • Offer incentives to young people to avoid them altogether
  • Be inspirational by offering alternative futures