“Legal highs” will not be tolerated

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Police officers in Tayside have issued a warning that there are no tolerance zones when it comes to dealing and misuse of drugs including “legal highs”.

The primary aim of Police Scotland is to ensure the safety of all people within our communities this summer and officers will take action against drug dealers and drug misuse.

Legal highs are psychoactive substances that are taken to achieve an altered state of mind.

However, people should be aware that some of these substances do contain drugs that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1970 meaning charges can be brought.

Superintendent Rick Dunkerley of the Tayside Division , who was Event Commander for this year’s T in the Park, said: “Anyone who takes legal highs, or herbal highs as they are also known, can have no idea of what they actually contain.

“Taking them with other drugs, or alcohol, increases those health risks still further.

“Be in no doubt - taking illegal drugs, or indeed legal or herbal highs brings with it the risk of serious short and long term illness, overdose or even death.

“As well as the mystery as to what they actually contain, the strength and effects of the drug they are taking, cannot be fully known.”

Police Scotland Tayside Division works closely with a number of agencies to try to reduce the harm caused by drugs and to offer support to people who use drugs and those who want to break their cycle of addiction.

If you, or anyone you are with, feels unwell as a result of taking such substances then please seek medical assistance immediately.

Anyone who has information regarding drug misuse or dealing is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.