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Legal highs confiscated amid safety concerns

Lincolnshire Trading Standards have seized legal highs from a shop in West Street, Boston, as it is feared the products could jeopardise the health of residents.

The authorities have seized 586 packets of the New Psychoactive Substances from the Katmandu Head Shop, under the General Product Safety Regulations. Although these products are referred to as "legal" the substances have not been tested meaning their effects can be unpredictable and extremely dangerous. They can also contain banned substances, making them highly illegal under drug control legislation.

Andy Wright, Principal Trading Standards Officer, said: "Residents may think that because they are commonly referred to as 'legal' highs that they are relatively harmless. The truth is that they could actually be illegal under consumer safety regulations as they can present a number of serious health risks. Legal highs can cause all kinds of side effects including unpredictable and violent behaviour, sickness, unconsciousness, seizures and comas.

"We are responsible for protecting local residents from products that breach these rules so we have taken them away to thoroughly test the substances. We will then establish if the products are in breach of the legislation and decide on the appropriate course of action."

For more information about legal highs visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards

If you know where legal highs are being sold please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 or email NPS@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Police, Trading Standards and public health officials are working together to tackle the use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in Lincolnshire.

A joint effort to educate parents and warn youngsters of the dangers of NPS use is in full swing, prompted by a dramatic increase in the number of people being taken ill after using NPSs.

Intelligence suggests that use among school pupils is on the increase and it may only be a matter of time before there is a death.

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Some of the legal highs seized by Trading Standards