Drugs advice on legal highs was withdrawn within an hour of being released because it didn’t conform with a new hard-line stance from Police Scotland, insiders claim.
An email issued by the Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Partnership advising legal high users to stay hydrated and only use small doses was quickly recalled because it was not approved by national police HQ, and went against its ‘just say no’ message. Insiders say new advice will be put out in “due course” offering an abstention message on what police call ‘new psychoactive substances’ (NPS).
After a series of incidents in Musselburgh connected to legal highs in July, Detective Superintendent Pat Campbell said: “We strongly advise people to avoid taking NPS. You can never be sure of what they may contain, what their strength may be or how they affet you.”
A police spokeperson said: “Police Scotland can confirm that guidance relating to New Psychoactive Substances was released and then withdrawn last month. We have a close working relationship with the Edinburgh Alcohol and Drug Partnership, and up-to-date information and advice is to be issued in due course.
“Police Scotland and the EADP strongly advise that people do not take New Psychoactive Substances because no one can be sure what they contain.
“The dangers associated with the consumption of all drugs are significant and anyone who feels unwell after taking a substance should seek urgent medical advice.
“Furthermore, anyone who has any information in connection with New Psychoactive Substances is urged to contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”