Police crack down on 'legal highs'

Dorset Echo: Police crack down on 'legal highs' Police crack down on 'legal highs'

Dorset Police is targeting people who supply so-called ‘legal highs’.

Officers have been targeting suspected suppliers of substances sold as ‘legal highs’ and last week visited four addresses in the county. Further visits will be carried out this week.

They also sent letters to four people living in Dorset who are believed to have bought ‘legal highs’ over the internet.

The activity was aimed at stemming the supply of these products and raising awareness of the potential dangers of new psychoactive substances.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Callaghan said: “Just because a substance is sold in a shop or on the internet as 'legal' does not mean it is legal or safe, and sadly there are clever people out there making a lot of money by selling drugs under the misnomer ‘legal highs’ which may in fact pose a risk to people's health.

“The reality is that many of these products either contain controlled substances which are illegal or uncontrolled substances whose side-effects cannot be predicted.

“People selling these products are profiting on a significant scale and this campaign is about sending a clear message throughout the county as to the potential health risks from products labelled ‘legal highs’.

“It is also about educating people about the consequences of using these products.

Anyone who buys such substances is playing roulette with their health and their futures. Possession of a controlled drug can lead to a criminal record which could damage job prospects and future travel plans.”

Dr William Haydock, Dorset’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team Information and Research Officer, said: “There are a wide range of services to help Dorset residents who have drug and alcohol problems.

“Support ranges from advice and information through to structured treatment and aftercare, and includes access to support groups of people with similar experiences.

“Services offering information and support for those affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use are also available.”

For more information, visit www.dorsetforyou.com/drugsandalcohol.

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10:42am Thu 5 Dec 13

cj07589 says...

About time & well done! This so called 'plant food' represents a far greater danger than conventional recreational drugs and needs to be quashed at the earliest of opportunity.
About time & well done! This so called 'plant food' represents a far greater danger than conventional recreational drugs and needs to be quashed at the earliest of opportunity. cj07589

8:16pm Thu 5 Dec 13

arlbergbahn says...

is it any business of the State to prevent people from doing anything that might potentially be harmful to them, if it causes no harm to anybody else? Why does the Old Bill perpetually poke its pointy noses into everything that people ever do?
is it any business of the State to prevent people from doing anything that might potentially be harmful to them, if it causes no harm to anybody else? Why does the Old Bill perpetually poke its pointy noses into everything that people ever do? arlbergbahn

10:15pm Thu 5 Dec 13

bargain price says...

Good, but lets hope they better at that as they can't stop other crimes
Good, but lets hope they better at that as they can't stop other crimes bargain price

11:52pm Thu 5 Dec 13

JamesYoung says...

Albergbahn is right. Not only is it not the business of the state, but it's also impossible for the state to stop. I really recommend that people watch this video - the fellow is a retired police captain and he makes very interesting points about the pointlessness of prohibition, and addresses some of the myths and outcomes (for example dangerous legal highs are an outcome of a system that refuses to quality control a product, preferring to legislate against it). I don't touch drugs, and my son recently lost a good friend because of them, but i do think there is a strong case for legalisation.

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Albergbahn is right. Not only is it not the business of the state, but it's also impossible for the state to stop. I really recommend that people watch this video - the fellow is a retired police captain and he makes very interesting points about the pointlessness of prohibition, and addresses some of the myths and outcomes (for example dangerous legal highs are an outcome of a system that refuses to quality control a product, preferring to legislate against it). I don't touch drugs, and my son recently lost a good friend because of them, but i do think there is a strong case for legalisation. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=W8yYJ_oV6 xk JamesYoung

2:17pm Fri 6 Dec 13

RNRDOCTOR says...

Firstly, they are LEGAL, so there is nothing these idiot pigs can do.
Secondly, it is their fault that people are taking risks on these new legal drugs because they are continuing to harass and imprison people for using safe 'drugs' like cannabis and opiates.
They know that people are always going to get high on something, so they should just stop getting involved in other people's business and let them do what they want!
Firstly, they are LEGAL, so there is nothing these idiot pigs can do. Secondly, it is their fault that people are taking risks on these new legal drugs because they are continuing to harass and imprison people for using safe 'drugs' like cannabis and opiates. They know that people are always going to get high on something, so they should just stop getting involved in other people's business and let them do what they want! RNRDOCTOR

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