A NEW campaign warning people of the dangers of taking psychoactive substances — formerly known as legal highs — was launched today, Monday.
It has been named Lethal Highs and warns that the substances that go by the names of annihilation, herbal haze, pink panther and green beans, among others, are neither safe nor legal.
The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 came into force in May to restrict the production, sale and supply of a new class of such substances.
Punishments for the production, supply and importation range from a prohibition notice, which is a formal warning, to seven years in prison.
There have been no recorded offences of people convicted of supplying these drugs in Warwickshire, according to the county’s police force.
But it has said it will take a hardline should incidents be reported to them.
Detective Chief Inspector Ally Wright, of Warwickshire Police, said: “As with other drugs, their effects can be devastating and as the figures show, fatal.
“There is no way of you knowing exactly what is in what you are taking, or the impact it will have on you or your friends.
“I want to personally urge everyone to please show their support for this campaign and help get the messages out loud and clear by sharing and retweeting our material on social media throughout December.
“It is important to note that a supply offence includes giving them away for free to friends and could result in up to seven years in prison.”