Dangers of legal highs taught at Fraserburgh Academy

Fraserburgh Academy, where pupils were taught that legal highs can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs
Fraserburgh Academy, where pupils were taught that legal highs can be just as dangerous as illegal drugs

The Fraserburgh & District Community Safety Group delivered a talk to pupils at Fraserburgh Academy about the dangers of legal highs.

The lesson was done in conjunction with Drugs Action (DA), a North East charity that offers a range of services for people who use drugs and alcohol and for those in recovery.

Chairperson Brian Topping, who was recently re-appointed in a unanimous vote, delivered the talk to S3, 4 and 5 at the Broch school.

He warned them not to be fulled into thinking they are without risk.

“Just because they are legal, doesn’t mean they are safe,” he said.

DA have seen a surge in the amount of people using legal highs in recent years.

The charity’s CEO Luan Grugeon said: “We are concerned about the increase in use of psychoactive substances. We are seeing an average of 30 people per month seeking help due to their use of legal highs, a steady increase over the past 3 years.

“The main concern is that just because they are legal, cheap and easy to get hold of, people think these drugs must be safe. Our experience is that they are untested, the batches vary greatly in purity and chemical content and so the short term and long term effects are unpredictable.

“People are experiencing mental health problems resulting in hospital admissions within medical and psychiatric services,” she added.

Anyone who is concerned about drug use can contact DA on 01224 594700 for help and advice.