17 previously unknown legal highs found by researchers
Researchers who trawl the internet, music festivals and “head shops” for drugs found 17 substances that had never been seen before in just over a year.
The authorities have since taken action to limit the sale of two new party drugs – known to users as Mexxy and Ivory Wave.
But the study adds that many products sold as legal highs may actually contain banned substances and that there is no guarantee they are safe to take.
It warns: “The analysis shows that just because a substance is termed ‘legal’ does not make it safe or ‘legal’ and the contents of a package are probably ‘not what it says on the tin’.
“Government is concerned about the harms posed by these drugs, and the continuing rise in reports linking the use of [legal highs] to A&E presentations and some deaths.”
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