Pupils and public to be made aware of ‘legal highs’

Councillor Brian Topping at Arisaig Drive, Fraserburgh.
Councillor Brian Topping at Arisaig Drive, Fraserburgh.

Fraserburgh Academy pupils will learn about the dangers of ‘legal highs’ at a series of presentations next month.

The presentations, which will also feature a Q&A session, are being held under the auspices of Fraserburgh & District Community Safety Group.

They will feature representatives from NHS Grampian, the Police and a parent who has experienced the problems of legal highs on a personal basis.

Councillor Brian Topping, safety group chair, said that the idea of the presentation has come about after a young mum had gone along to the group concerned about legal highs and the problems she had with her son.

“She felt she had nowhere to turn. She came to us a number of months ago and after listening to her concerns we decided to have an awareness campaign to highlight what a legal high is and the problems that can be encountered.

“Myself and Mary Melville had a number of meetings and we eventually managed to get a presentation arranged at the academy. This will be held on Wednesday, December 3. It will be in three groups - third year, fourth year and fifth and sixth year pupils.

That same evening there will be a public engagement at Fraserburgh Sports Centre at 6.30pm, with a finish time around 8pm.

“I will be introducing the evening and will be there with fellow safety group member Mary Melville. Lindsay Palmer, the young mum who came to us, will give a parents’ perspective, while Kenny Malcolm and Gillian McLean from NHS Grampian will talk about legal highs.

Alison Durward from the Police will also give a talk, and Wayne Gault and Christine Herron will also be there from NHS Grampian.

There will be information leaflets available so folk can take them away on the night and study them.

There will also be useful telephone numbers and web addresses etc, for those who wish to investigate the issue further.

“Hopefully parents will come along and hear about this and we can raise awareness of this serious issue,” added Cllr Topping.