What are legal highs?

Legal highs are substances used like illegal drugs, but not covered by current misuse of drugs laws, and so are legal to possess or to use.

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.

Some drugs marketed as legal highs actually contain some ingredients that are illegal to possess.

Legal highs 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.Legal highs 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, legal highs pose even greater risks to health and should be avoided.

You can also find more information on legal highs by visiting the following websites (Swanswell is not responsible for the content of external sites):






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