'Legal high' dangers taught to young people

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 January 2015

Rose Edwards from the 18225 project.

Rose Edwards from the 18225 project.

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THE dangers of 'worrying' so-called 'legal highs' are being taught to young people, who could be offered rock climbing or sailing trips to give them another type of buzz.

The project, called 18225, has been set up by drug and alcohol treatment charity Addaction, which is based in the Boulevard in Weston.

It is aimed at those aged 18-25 and the workshops will focus on giving them factual information about legal highs.

Earlier this month, Weston police issued Weston shops selling the highs with warnings that they could be shut down if they are linked to antisocial behaviour.

The scheme will show youngsters there are safer ways to take risks, and could see them go to Weston beach for activities like power-kiting.

Addaction’s team leader Adrian Riley said: “So-called legal highs are clearly targeting young people through brightly coloured packaging and the ease with which they can be bought.

“Young people need to be aware how dangerous these synthetic drugs actually are and understand they are putting their lives at risk by using them.”

The project will be led by staff in the same age group, and young people are being invited to one-to-one sessions with the counsellors to chat about the issue.

The project will also work with family and friends, so people get better at recognising when there may be a problem or someone’s behaviour changes.

Adrian said: “A larger proportion of under-25s are staying at home, so parents are now more likely to be aware of their children’s drug misuse.

“We aim to inform parents about new emerging drugs and the dangers, just as much as the young people themselves.

“There are so many myths about legal highs, this project will bring the facts to people’s attention so they know about the dangers and hopefully make safer choices.”

To get involved with the 18225 project call Adrian Riley on 01934 427968 or email Adrian.Riley@addaction.org.uk

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