Legal highs, also commonly known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are drugs designed to recreate the side effects of illegal drugs (such as cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy) whilst remaining legal.
Are ‘legal highs’ actually legal?
These drugs were once legal, but with the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act of 2016, it is illegal to produce, sell or distribute ‘legal highs’ in the UK.
Do not be fooled by their name, they are just as illegal and dangerous as any other drug.
Because they are created to replicate real drugs, the makeup of NPS are unknown and side effects could change from use to use.
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The 4 main types of NPS:
- Synthetic Cannabinoids: This type of NPS aims to mimic the effects of cannabis.
- Stimulant-type drugs: These drugs aim to replicate the effects of Cocaine, Ecstasy, Amphetamine
- Downer drugs: Downer drugs mimic tranquiliser or anti-anxiety drugs
- Hallucinogenic drugs: Hallucinogenic legal highs imitate ethe side effects of LSD.
Common street names for legal highs include:
Clockwork Orange, Black Mamba, Spice, Exodus Damnation, Benzo Fury, Leaves of Mary, N-Bomb, Devil’s weed, Spice.
Effects of legal high abuse:
Risk of overdose
- Paranoia and psychosis
- Increase in body temperature and heart rate
- Confusion and disorientation
- Nausea and vomiting
- Intense comedown, causing suicidal thoughts
- Hospital admission
- Psychosis, paranoia, anxiety
- Easily addicted – dependency happening in a matter of weeks
- Weakened immune system
- High blood pressure
- Social and financial difficulties
What are the signs to look out for?
Legal highs are incredibly addictive, and dependency can occur within weeks.
Signs of addiction include:
- You feel the need to take increasing amounts of NSP
- You cannot stop or reduce drug intake
- Loss of interest in hobbies
- Borrowing or stealing money to pay for the drugs
- Hiding your drug use from others
- You spend most of your time thinking about the drug
Seeking essential help
Legal highs are extremely addictive and can ruin your entire life.
Drug or alcohol addiction can have a significant impact on your personal, familial, social and professional life.
Residential rehab treatment will be the important first step on your journey to sobriety.
The safest and most effective way of overcoming synthetic drug addiction is to seek medical help.
Trying to overcome an addiction on your own is not always effective – you are at risk of relapse, and experiencing serious withdrawal symptoms on your own can be dangerous to your health, and can sometimes prove fatal too.
Save your life
Your addiction is treatable, it is important to remember that, and remember, that in fact, it is an addiction.
With the right help from medical professionals, you will be able to regain control over your life.
The advantages of residential rehab:
- Medically assisted detoxification
- Safe environment away from triggers
- Therapies and treatments available
- Building new and healthy habits
- Support during and after rehab
Last Updated on November 2, 2020 by Alison