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What Are Legal Highs

Whether referred to as Diablo Note, Ivory Wave or Benzo Fury, Legal highs have been popular since they first came on the scene about a decade ago.  Young people looking for a good time have taken them believing they were safe and didn’t break the law. These are among the many misconceptions about new psychoactive substances.

Types of legal highs

Many take an NPS because they contain one or more chemicals designed to replicate the effects of drugs like cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy. Mephedrone, created in a lab, is a perfect example of a legal high. Despite the name, some may have been legal in the past, but following the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act in May 2016, it is now unlawful to produce, supply or import legal highs which did not already violate the law. Even if you purchase the substance for personal use or to give to your friends free of charge. The change in law means legal highs made unlawful and classified as class A, B or C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act are still covered by that legislation. However, the remaining psychoactive substances not falling under the banner of the Misuse of Drugs Act will be covered by the Psychoactive Substances Act.

Dangers of legal highs

Legal highs are generally categorized as stimulants, sedatives (otherwise known as downers), hallucinogens or synthetic cannabinoids. Not a lot is known about many of these synthetic, designer drugs, their potency and how they affect individuals. There has been very little research into their short or long-term effects, but that does not mean they are safe to use, especially when taken with other drugs and alcohol.

It can be difficult to identify the ingredients of a legal high. You often don’t know what it’s made of or measure the dosage, making it hard to tell what you have taken or what it can do to you. People use psychoactive drugs to feel intoxicated, euphoric and energetic. They can make you relaxed and drowsy while their psychedelic properties can alter your perception and cause you to hallucinate.

Symptoms of legal highs addiction

People taking psychoactive substances can become anxious, depressed and paranoid, as well as possibly suffering a psychotic episode. There is also a risk of overdosing or accidental poisoning, resulting in an emergency hospital admission and even death.

Sources say so-called legal highs were connected to one in three drug deaths in Scotland in 2017. In England and Wales, it was reported there were 61 deaths from new psychoactive substances last year, amounting to a rate of 1.0 deaths per 1 million of the population.

Treatment for Legal Highs addiction

It is not hard to fall into dependency when taking legal highs. If you have been using for a long time, you could develop a tolerance where it takes more to achieve the desired effect. You may also be compelled to continue taking NPS, leading to addiction. We at Rehab Guide can help you say goodbye to legal highs through drug detox, to set you on the right path. For more information on the rehabilitation treatment programs we provide please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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