Legal Highs

The use of ‘Legal Highs’, now known as new psychoactive substances (NPS), is a growing problem across the UK. New and novel chemicals are being marketed through websites on a weekly basis with very little knowledge of the short term dangers or consequences of taking these drugs.

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – also called ‘legal highs’ May 2016

From 26th May 2016, it will be illegal to supply or sell NPS and a sentence up to 7 years in prison comes into force. In addition it will also be an offence to produce, import or export NPS. The new law will capture any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect excluding substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, caffeine and medical products. The new law will be enforced by police, trading standards officers, Border Force and the National Crime Agency.

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DRUG ALERT – Spice overdoses in the Winchester Area – 16th June 2016 Surrey Public Health

Over the past 2 weeks there has been a cluster of overdoses in the Winchester area involving the synthetic cannabinoid usually referred to as Spice. What we know is that:

  • There have been 13 recent non-fatal NPS-related overdoses requiring medical attention
  • There have been 2 fatalities which may be related
  • 10 of the overdoses appear to relate to spice which was street-traded in the Winchester area
  • 1 overdose relates to a product called Sweet Leaf purchased from a Southampton headshop;

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