New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – You may know them as Legal Highs
- Many are illegal and likely to cause you serious harm or even death.
- Smoking or ingesting Legal Highs may cause you serious harm; you may also be committing an offence THINK before you do die!
- Do you know what’s in those packets, THINK! Before you smoke or ingest, Legal Highs are unsafe and can cause serious health problems or even worse
Where are they being sold?
Legal Highs or the new term of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are a group of chemicals now being sold as plant food, bath salts, advertised not for human consumption, only to be sold to over 18’s, in head shops and other premises in the UK or over the Internet from overseas outlets, this is all done to circumnavigate the law.
Suffolk Constabulary are working with Trading Standards to stamp out all supplies of this type of product in Suffolk using various powers to include the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and The General (Product) Safety Regulations 2005 with some success.
There are 100’s of trade names to numerous to mention, names such as Pulse ultra, Ivory Wave, Ex-ses Platinum, Jamaican Ghanja, Super Skunk Extra Strength, Doves, Vanilla Sky, Recharge Extra, Solar, Amsterdam Gold, Ocean Burst, Ice Bud Super Cold, are examples of the ones that have been seized, Exodus Damnation, Clockwork Orange, Black Mamba, NBOMe, Benzo Fury, Meadow Sweet there are many more.
Many of these so-called legal highs purchased from head shops in the UK, or via the Internet, actually contain controlled drugs, others do not. It is possible to have two identical packets labelled exactly the same, the contents of one may be controlled and the other may not be.
Please inform Trading Standards if you see these products being sold by calling their Helpline on 08454 040506. If you have any other issues or concerns you can report these to Suffolk Police: KeepingUsInformed@suffolk.pnn.police.uk
Don’t Take the Risk
Police Forces and other law enforcement agencies from both the UK and in Europe are sharing intelligence on this ever growing area of work in order to determine any risks posed.
There is evidence to suggest that consumption can cause adverse effects on heart and blood vessels, risk of dependence and psychosis and anxiety effects and the higher potency of the chemical poses a higher risk of accidental overdose.
There appears to a trend with young people trying some of the new substances for their own enjoyment with a desire to achieve a relaxing , hallucinogenic or stimulating effect and another of a more older user, using for the stimulating and often for sexual purposes. Unfortunately in the user’s opinion and their understanding the word legal means safe, the opposite often applies.
There can be devastating consequences with taking these drugs. Watch this film, a man talks about what happened to his brother after taking one of these drugs for the first time! Warning, this film contains upsetting photographs.
There were a number of deaths in the UK during 2013; both as a result of direct use, or NPS were found to be a contributory factor. There have also been a number of near misses in Suffolk.
What do they look like and What do they contain?
The drugs or chemicals have numerous trade names but it is the chemical name that may decide if it is controlled or not. It is difficult to determine if the substance is controlled or not without forensic analysis, it is possible to have two identical packets supplied by the same company, one may be controlled and one may not be controlled.
Benzylpiperazine (BZP) (Class C) normally a white or off white powder this also includes related piperazines compounds such as TFMPP, DBZB, mCPP, the effects are talkative, decreased appetite, agitation, anxiety, paranoia, vomiting, fits or seizures, collapse and difficulty in sleeping.
Gamma – Butyrolactone (GBL) this is very similar to GHB and converts to GHB shortly after entering the body, it can be lethal with alcohol, users experience feelings of euphoria, reduced inhibitions, arousal, drowsiness, nausea, reduced heart rate, hypothermia, unconsciousness, coma and death. It comes in an oily colourless liquid, its main use is an industrial solvent in the chemical industry GBL and related chemical 1,4-BD are (Class C drugs when intended for human ingestion).
Synthetic cannabinoids (Class B) there are many hundreds of these synthetic cannabinoids, a herbal like substance is sprayed with various chemicals in turn giving the effect of THC which leads to the same effects as would be experienced by the use of cannabis.
Methadrone also known as Mephedrone (not to be confused with Methadone) (Class B) similar to but slightly less effect than MDMA, we have had one death in Suffolk where this substance was found as a result of a toxicology test, there has also been reported overdoses in Suffolk.
Our emphasis is firmly placed on keeping Suffolk residents, especially young people, safe from any harm that the use of these substances may cause in the future, whilst at the same time do all we can to disrupt the supply both on a local and national basis.