"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.
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
Ask PHIL - support, information and advice on local services
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