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New Psychoactive Substances (“Legal Highs”) – Sue Churches, Wellbeing Team

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New Psychoactive Substances (“Legal Highs”) – Sue Churches, Wellbeing Team
by Amanda Raymond - Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 10:16 AM

Message from the Director of Public Health for Hampshire.

This message is intended to make you aware of the health risks associated with the use of new psychoactive substances (“NPS”) and raise awareness of new legislation making the sale, supply and importing of all such substances illegal.


Risks to Health

Over the past three weeks there have been 11 non-fatal overdoses requiring emergency medical treatment in the Winchester area resulting from use of the new psychoactive substance known as “spice” (intended to mimic the effects of cannabis). All the victims required emergency medical treatment.


New Legislation

In addition to the health risks associated with NPS use, the introduction of the Psychoactive Substances Act on Thursday, 26th May, means that anyone supplying, offering to supply or importing any psychoactive substance may be at risk of prosecution and could face a jail sentence of up to seven years and a fine of up to £10,000. Under the Act, supplying includes sharing products with friends whether or not any money changes hands and importing includes any on-line purchase where the supplier is based outside of the UK.


Further Information & Advice

If you have concerns for yourself or a friend speak to the Room 15 Wellbeing Team. (Room 15 is opposite the College Canteen) Additional general information is available at (tel: 0300 123 6600)