Legal Highs are powders, tablets or liquids that people take instead of illegal drugs. Legal highs have similar results to illegal drugs because they change the mood of a person, to give them a ‘buzz’ or to make them feel relaxed.
Are Legal Highs the same as drugs? No. Legal highs have similar effects to drugs, but they are not the same.
Are Legal Highs safe? No. Legal highs are very dangerous! People think because Legal Highs are not illegal, that they are safe. This is not true. They make people feel dizzy, anxious, panicked, confused and paranoid. In the past, people have gone to hospital after taking Legal Highs. 68 people died from legal highs in 2012.
Are Legal Highs illegal? No. Legal Highs are not included under the Misuse of Drugs Act. However, the law states that Legal Highs have to be labelled ‘Not for Human Consumption’. To get around this, people sell Legal Highs as bath salts or plant food.
Why are Legal Highs not illegal? Medical professionals have not completed enough research on Legal Highs to make them illegal. More research needs to be done but it is a slow process.
Examples of Legal Highs: Mephedrone, Ivory Wave, 5-IT.
More information about legal highs can be found at FRANK, the drugs advice service.
A real life story can be found on the BBC News website about a man who took the Legal High N-Bomb. He suffered fits and now has to have 24 hour care.