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Legal High Crackdown in Cornwall

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7:01am 5th August 2013

Pirate FM has learnt shops in Truro, St Austell and Bodmin have been targeted - as part of a crackdown on so-called "legal highs."

Police say they are sold as novelty items - or research chemicals on the high street.

But officers say some samples across the country have tested positive for class A drugs.

Detective Inspector Neil Blackhurst from the serious and organised crime investigation team, said: “The most important message that we want to send out is that just because something is being sold as legal it does not mean that it is safe to consume.

“In the light of a number of recent incidents where users of these substances have gone to hospital suffering from serious adverse reactions, it is crucial that any individuals purchasing and using them are aware of and understand the issues surrounding them.

“The risk of harm to the user cannot be understated. Labels and packaging rarely suggest what the substances contain and even when details are on the packaging, what is stated on the label can have little or no connection to what is in the powder or pill.”

He warned there is virtually no medical information on the medium or long-term risks of taking legal highs, or "new psychoactive substances."

DI Blackhurst added: “In our experience we have found that some individuals offering NPS for sale generally have little regard for the contents of the substances they sell. Forensic analysis has shown that products with identical packaging sold in different outlets or from the same outlets at different times contain entirely different substances, some illegal, others uncontrolled.

“Users of NPS need to be aware that they can never be sure of exactly what they are taking or what the effects will be. Unfortunately this has led to fatalities and life-changing physical damage caused by consumption of unknown substances sold as ‘legal highs’.

“Our priority is to make the communities of Devon and Cornwall aware of these dangerous drugs for their own safety. Drug use always carries risks and people cannot use drugs without a risk of being harmed.”

7:01am 5th August 2013

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