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Psychoactive substances

New laws on drugs known as psychoactive substances came into force in May 2016.

Commonly referred to as ‘legal highs’, these type of drugs are designed to mimic the effects of controlled drugs.

Are 'legal highs' illegal?

Although some of these so-called legal highs may have been legal in the past, many are now illegal.

The term legal highs might also make you think that these types of drugs aren’t as dangerous as controlled drugs such as ecstasy or cocaine.

But new chemicals are being made and sold all the time and just because they have not been banned yet, doesn’t mean that they are safe or their side effects known. Many also can actually contain controlled substances which are illegal.

What does the change in the law mean?

It means that police now have more powers to deal with psychoactive substances and it is now a crime to bring them into the country even for personal use, for example buying them off a foreign website.

It is now also an offence for anyone in the UK to make, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, or possess psychoactive substances on custodial premises.

To find out more about the different types of psychoactive substances, or if you need some friendly, confidential advice - visit the Frank website. If you are being forced to be involved in drugs activity against your will, call the police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.