County council in renewed legal highs warning

Gazette: Cllr Roger Walters with some of the legal highs seized by Trading Standards during an operation earlier in the year. Cllr Roger Walters with some of the legal highs seized by Trading Standards during an operation earlier in the year.

PARTYGOERS are being warned of the dangers of ‘legal highs’ ahead of Christmas and New Year.

Trading Standards and Drug and Alcohol Team officers at Essex County Council have been confronting businesses which sell the drugs throughout the year but are renewing their appeal.

Over the summer the team convinced Colchester store Sheppards to stop selling the highs, technically known as novel psychoactive substances.

Roger Walters, county councillor for Trading Standards, said: “I want to make clear to young people in Essex if they take these products they are risking their lives. The effects are largely unpredictable especially when mixed with alcohol.

“They can and have proven to be fatal, so don’t take a chance.

“While these products are commonly known as ‘legal highs’ the reality is retailers have no idea whether what they are selling is legal let alone safe.

“Our advice to retailers has been to stop supplying. I want to remind businesses they have a duty of care to ensure products are safe and we will do all we can to protect people from these dangerous substances.”

Ann Naylor, councillor for Public Health, added: “It is important residents understand just because something says it is legal does not mean it is safe or harmless to use.”

The warning has been backed by Essex Police and Police and Crime Commissioner Nick Alston.

  • For free and confidential drugs advice call Choices on 0844 499 1323 or text Choices to 80800 or the national Talk to Frank service can be contacted on 0300 123 6600.

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4:04pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Kim Gandy says...

What on earth is wrong with these people that they can't just be content with the usual jamboree of getting totally paralytic and throwing up in taxis..

As if the place won't be bad enough as it is, overrun with loudmouthed drunks. Can't wait for it to kick off in Rayleigh. Not.

Trouble is, it's too cold at this time of year to have the windows open, so I won't be able to tune in to the latest trollop tussle outside my flat, complete with hair pulling, screeching fishwives and obnoxious gobsh*tes cheering on - and tanked up twerps peeing in the road.

I'll have to switch on EastEnders instead to try and get the effect.
What on earth is wrong with these people that they can't just be content with the usual jamboree of getting totally paralytic and throwing up in taxis.. As if the place won't be bad enough as it is, overrun with loudmouthed drunks. Can't wait for it to kick off in Rayleigh. Not. Trouble is, it's too cold at this time of year to have the windows open, so I won't be able to tune in to the latest trollop tussle outside my flat, complete with hair pulling, screeching fishwives and obnoxious gobsh*tes cheering on - and tanked up twerps peeing in the road. I'll have to switch on EastEnders instead to try and get the effect. Kim Gandy

4:11pm Fri 13 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

"County council in renewed legal highs warning"

the headline sounds like the County Council are being warned against legal highs...t'is the season of office christmas partys i s'pose.
"County council in renewed legal highs warning" the headline sounds like the County Council are being warned against legal highs...t'is the season of office christmas partys i s'pose. DogsMessInLeigh

5:05pm Fri 13 Dec 13

billericay boy says...

The only legal high I know is my wife going shopping with my credit card???
The only legal high I know is my wife going shopping with my credit card??? billericay boy

6:40pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Nebs says...

Do these shops insurers know they are selling this stuff. Given the potential for claims I'd have thought the premiums would be sky high. And if you buy any then make sure you get a receipt with the shop name on it, so as your executors know who to sue.
Do these shops insurers know they are selling this stuff. Given the potential for claims I'd have thought the premiums would be sky high. And if you buy any then make sure you get a receipt with the shop name on it, so as your executors know who to sue. Nebs

10:27am Sat 14 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

High time Lol Oh Yeah was closed down
High time Lol Oh Yeah was closed down Nowthatsworthknowing

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