Harley my story legal highs

Harley’ story is a poignant, true account of a 15-year old boy who took illegal drugs and experienced devastating consequences.

He talks candidly about his struggles to get his life back to some sort of normality after suffering a near fatal stroke.

Under the Medicines Act these substances are ILLEGAL and they can cause serious harm to you

NPS are substances that are not currently controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and are therefore legal to possess. However under the Medicines Act most of these substances are ILLEGAL to sell, supply, or advertise for human consumption, as they have usually not undergone any testing to understand the specific risks on the human body and mind.

  • Just because they are legal to buy doesn't mean they are safe. In fact we tend to have more factual evidence on illegal drugs than legal highs. This means that some of the effects and risks of legal highs are not known and can be unpredictable.
  • Legal highs have not been scientifically tested and there can be specific effects that may lead to increased risk to any user – we only really understand these risk through science and research.
  • The Police will always view the drug as illegal unless proven otherwise. This will mean you could still be arrested and that there can be a record of this kept even if the test comes back that the drug is legal. Each case is different and the circumstances and what is said in interview have a bearing on what offence is committed, not just the fact that it is not a controlled drug.
  • Because they are legal does not mean that it is OK to use more or more often. The more you use and the more often you use the more likely it is you will have problems. Legal status has nothing to do with safety in terms of amount used.

Please don't take legal highs or NPS

Be aware that once you start a "trip" you cannot stop it.

The immediate effects of some drugs can last for 8-10 hours.

Longer term effects such as anxiety and paranoia can last for weeks, you may also suffer flashbacks weeks after taking them.

Dehydration can result from taking some drugs. Rehydrate slowly by slowly sipping water.

To think on...

  • Taking legal high drugs if you suffer from any mental health issue, can make any problems worse.
  • Although many products available in Head Shops are advertised as "natural" or "herbal" highs, a large number are not purely herbal and contain other elements that can be damaging to human health.
  • It is wise NOT to mix any legal high drug with either alcohol or any other substance. Mixing increases problem behaviours, aggression, vulnerability, unplanned and regretted sex, significant intoxication leading to collapse and in some cases death.
  • The time it takes for a drug to take effect can vary. Taking another dose because you think the drug is not working can be dangerous and result in overdose and/or trigger mental health problems.

If you feel unwell from the use of NPS, ring 111 and make sure you tell them what substance you took.

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