FEATURE ON ‘LEGAL HIGHS’: Trading Standards tackle sellers

A 'legal high' seized in the county by Lincolnshire Trading Standards. For illustration only.
A 'legal high' seized in the county by Lincolnshire Trading Standards. For illustration only.

The Standard spoke to Lincolnshire Trading Standards about the issue of ‘legal highs’.

How does Trading Standards tackle the issue in Boston?

“We are working with the police, the health service and other partner agencies to build intelligence about the supply and usage of ‘legal highs’ across Lincolnshire. We have analysed a large quantity of these products, which were obtained from ‘head shops’. The results prove they are not safe for consumers and we will take action against anyone selling ‘legal highs’, under the General Product Safety Regulations.”

Is there anything you can do when it’s an online seller?

“If a business in Lincolnshire is selling ‘legal highs’ over the internet then yes, we can trace their whereabouts and take action. If a trader is living outside the county but selling to our residents, we can take action ourselves, but in the first instance we will liaise with the relevant local authority to inform them of the activity.”

How dangerous are they?

“We have tested over 60 samples and ‘legal highs’ can have very different side effects. The more common ones include feeling dizzy, nauseous, irritable and your heart rate could almost double. A legal high also has the potential to make someone become violent, feel faint, lose consciousness or experience a seizure.

“Worryingly, some samples of the same product varied in how strong they were. Therefore if you have previously used a particular product and think that you will be fine, it could have a more severe effect or more serious consequences.”

Do you know of any traders in Boston still selling these?

“We are unable to answer this question, as it could impact on future investigations.”