A Kettering drug awareness charity has warned of the dangers of taking so-called ‘legal highs’ – urging users not to risk breaking their family’s hearts this Valentine’s Day.
According to the latest figures provided by the Office for National Statistics, New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) - commonly known as legal highs - led to 52 deaths in England and Wales in 2012.
There have also been a number of cases across the country where the use of such substances has resulted in frothing at the mouth, blurred vision and even heart attacks.
Kettering-based Solve It has chosen Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to raise awareness of the potential dangers associated with the increasing use of ‘legal highs’.
Solve It chairman Kevin Shapland, said: “Government, law enforcement agencies and health professionals face real challenges because producers of these drugs are able to make small changes to the chemical compounds each a time a new psychoactive substance is controlled.
“With a pending government review due in the spring we believe education of the dangers associated with these so called ‘legal highs’ is the only effective way of reducing harm.”
Deborah Clarke, business manager at Solve It said: “These substances can be readily purchased over the internet or in so called ‘Head Shops’ and are often labelled as ‘research chemicals’, ‘herbal incense’ or ‘not for human consumption.
“They may claim to be legal but they are not safe, they can kill or cause long term health consequences.”
With the support of funds provided by Northamptonshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Solve It will shortly be launching an educational campaign that will help give information to both young people and their parents about the dangers of using so-called legal highs.
The campaign will also provide the ability to download a free smartphone app as well as a new website, while you can follow the charity on Twitter @SolveItVSA.