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"Legal Highs" (NPS's)

Legal doesn't mean SAFE

'Legal highs' (also called New Psychoactive Substances) are becoming increasingly popular BUT just because a substance can claim to be legal, this doesn’t mean it is safe.

Legal highs can be made with potentially dangerous chemicals, and the exact ingredients will constantly change so you can never be certain of the substance you have bought or what effects of the substance might cause.

There is not enough research completed on these drugs to know what effects they may have on both your physical and mental health, but some legal highs have been linked with poisonings, emergency hospital admissions, admissions to mental health services and in some cases even death. These risks are increased if the legal high is taken alongside other drugs or alcohol. So please be wary if thinking of taking any ‘legal highs’. 

For information and advice on legal highs or other drugs check out the signposting section below. 


Getting Help Locally

YZUP - YZUP offers support, information and advice to young people under the age of 18 about drugs and alcohol.

Find your local GP surgery 

National Support Websites

Talk to Frank - The highs, the lows and everything in between

NHS Choices - Drug addiction: getting help

Childline - for more information on drugs or speak to a childline counsellor

Rise above - Thinking about taking drugs? That's a big decision! Here you’ll find great advice and tips for making those decisions.

Need someone to talk to?



SHAC - Sexual Health and Contraception

YZUP - Wise up to Drugs and Alcohol

Stop Smoking Service

Cornwall Healthy Weight

Ask PHIL - support, information and advice on local services

Sunsafe in Cornwall

ABC - Anti-bullying in Cornwall


Childline - a free 24 hour counselling service for children and young people

Samaritans - 24 hour confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts

Brook - free and confidential sexual health advice and contraception to young people

Kooth - free online support for young people

Think you know - internet safety and safe surfing for young people

Talk to Frank - friendly, confidential drugs advice

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