DORSET Police have tried to crack down on ‘legal highs’ by writing to those who have bought the drugs and visiting suspected suppliers.
Four addresses were visited by officers in Dorset, as police targeted those thought to be supplying so-called ‘legal highs’. Four people who are believed to have bought the drugs over the internet have received letters.
The aim of the action is to stop the supply to the products and raise awareness of the potential dangers of new psychoactive substances.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Callaghan said: “Just because a substance is sold in a shop or on the internet as ‘legal’ does not mean it is legal or safe, and sadly there are clever people out there making a lot of money by selling drugs under the misnomer ‘legal highs’ which may in fact pose a risk to people’s health.
“The reality is that many of these products either contain controlled substances which are illegal or uncontrolled substances whose side-effects cannot be predicted.
“People selling these products are profiting on a significant scale and this campaign is about sending a clear message throughout the county as to the potential health risks from products labelled ‘legal highs’.
“It is also about educating people about the consequences of using these products. Anyone who buys such substances is playing roulette with their health and their futures. Possession of a controlled drug can lead to a criminal record which could damage job prospects and future travel plans.”
Officers will carry out further visits to suspected suppliers this week.
“There are a wide range of services to help Dorset residents who have drug and alcohol problems” added Dr William Haydock, Dorset’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team.
“Support ranges from advice and information through to structured treatment and aftercare, and includes access to support groups of people with similar experiences.
“Services offering information and support for those affect by someone else’s drug or alcohol use are also available.”