You could lose the lot on Legal Highs.
What are they?
'Legal Highs' are unregulated substances that mimic the effects of illegal drugs and can be just as dangerous. They are many different kinds and they are often labelled 'Not for human consumption' to get around the law. They are legal but can still be very harmful.
Some will make you feel 'up', some make you woozy and others make you feel trippy. As with illegal drugs, there could be unpleasant side effects such as your heart beating too fast, feeling dizzy or passing out. There is often a comedown period where users may feel sick, anxious, bad tempered or paranoid.
How much is too much?
Even a very small dose can have unpredictable and unwanted effects, as very few of these substances have been tested. The active chemicals can vary dramatically even with products which have the same name. 'Legal Highs' can also contain illegal drugs. Using large quantities increases the risk of side effects or overdose. Combining with other drugs and alcohol also increases the risks.
Are they permitted at festivals?
No. Because of the dangers, risks and unpredictability, the sale and possession of Legal Highs won’t be permitted at any festival taking part in this campaign and many other festivals in the UK. You will have them confiscated and you may be refused entry to the site.
Where can I learn more?
The Whynotfindout.org is an independent website backed by experts. It includes plenty of films and information on all the main legal highs and club drugs plus their effects and potential harms. It is important to learn about these substances so you and your friends can stay safe and enjoy the festival.
Dangers of Overheating.
Some Legal Highs can cause overheating and dehydration, which can be extremely dangerous. Being in a hot, crowded environment, not drinking enough water and drinking alcohol only makes this worse. Drinking too much water is also dangerous and safe recommended limits are no more than one pint in one hour.
Also known as Noz (nitrous oxide) laughing gas has gained in popularity at festivals in recent years. Many festivals have now banned it. The major risk of harm derives from its strong intoxicating effects and loss of bodily control. Combining with other substances and alcohol increases the risk of physical injury.
Look after yourself & mates.
It’s really important to seek help immediately if you or your friends become unwell. Never allow them to take more substances to 'straighten up'; this will just make them worse. At festivals, there are welfare and medical points around the site where you can seek help if needed.
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If you know someone going to a festival this year make sure they are aware of the dangers.
Where can I learn more?
Why Not Find Out
The website is independent and contains films and information on all the main legal highs and club drugs. It is important to learn about these substances so you and your friends can stay safe.
An organisation dedicated to raising knowledge and information skills of parents and other family members about the dangers and risks of Legal Highs and club drugs.
Know the Score
Information and helpline set up by the Scottish Government.
A free and bilingual drug and alcohol helpline based in Wales.