Warning over party use of legal high drugs

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PEOPLE are being reminded of the dangers of taking drugs at parties over the new year.

Health bosses have put out a warning to people in the area who may be tempted to use legal high drugs.

Some of these drugs have been implicated in people’s deaths.

NHS Portsmouth is reminding people about the potential risk to their lives.

Dr Andrew Mortimore, the director of public health for Southampton, said: ‘We have seen too many attendances and admissions through our emergency departments from people taking “legal highs”. It is clear that people who have been experimenting with new psychoactive substances are making increasing contact with drug services locally.

‘Too little is known about the preparation, strength, long and short term effects of these drugs.

‘No matter where these drugs are available or what their legal status is, these substances, like all drugs, can cause harm.

‘I would urge everyone to stay safe and have a happy and healthy festive season and avoid the use of these dangerous substances.’

Information about these types of drugs can be found by visiting nhs.uk/Livewell/drugs/Pages/legalhighs.aspx.

If you are concerned about your own use of drugs, or someone else’s, you can call the Portsmouth drugs and alcohol service advice line on (023) 9268 3371.

You can also call the Frank drugs helpline on 0800 77 66 00.