THE LAW ON SO CALLED “LEGAL HIGHS” HAS CHANGED

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

 

1. From 26 May 2016, it is illegal to supply or sell New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) also called “legal highs” and you could face up to seven years in prison.

 

2. It will be also be an offence to produce, import or export NPS.

 

3. 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.

 

4. The new law will be enforced by police, trading standards officers, Border Force and the National Crime Agency

LEAFLETS, POSTERS & LINKS

 

Legal High - Posters here

 

PsychoActive Substances - Young Persons Leaflet here

TEACHING RESOURCES

 

In July 2016, West Midlands Police delivered a briefing to secondary schools and alternative education providers regarding new psychoactive substances - the documents below have been devised by Gwent Police Constabulary for delivery to young people in Year 7.

 

Please open the PowerPoint presentation as a read only file.

 

POWERPOINT RESOURCE

 

1. Lesson Plan - using PowerPoint

2. Resource 1 - Key Word 'Psychoactive'

3. Resource 2 - Key Word 'Legal'

4. Resource 3 - Key Word 'Illegal'

5. Resource 4 - Key Word 'Effects'

6. Resource 5 - Key Word 'Peer Pressure'

7. Resource 6 - Key Word 'Socail Media'

8. Resource 7 - Long Term Effects Worksheet

9. Resource 8 - Key Words Messages Sheet

Know Drugs: The Parents Guide - This app has been designed to deal with parental concerns by providing a comprehensive, balanced and up to date guide in one handy, easy to use iPhone/iPad app. By using the Know Drugs app parents will know what different drugs look like, how they are used and what the effects are, empowering them to educate and advise their teenagers about this important issue.

ADEPIS is publicly acknowledged as the leading source of evidence-based information and tools for alcohol and drug education and prevention for schools. The resources we have already produced draw on eight years of work with the Drug Education Forum, which supported local authorities and schools to implement best practice in drug education.

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ENCOUNTERS WITH DRUGS ABUSE: FROM NORMALITY TO INSANITY

 

Serena Christie (23) from Tunbridge Wells wants to warn others about the dangers of legal highs, after they had a serious impact on her mental health.

 

With Fixers, she’s helped create this film to share her experiences and show that the substances are harmful.

SPICE BOYS

 

Legal highs are set to be outlawed by the British government. The bans – announced in May – come as a response to the growing number of news reports about students overdosing on synthetic drugs after using them recreationally. That could mean no more readily available laughing gas, poppers or cannabis substitutes, such as the synthetic cannabinoid Spice.

 

In Spice Boys, VICE reporter Ben Ferguson travels to Manchester to meet some users who have become addicted to over-the-counter substances. After hearing about how drugs like Spice have ripped their lives apart, it becomes clear that solving the problem won't be as simple as making these legal highs illegal.