An exploration of legal highs: a study into people's awareness of the use of legal highs and the harms associated with that use

Bartholomew, Rosanna (2014) An exploration of legal highs: a study into people's awareness of the use of legal highs and the harms associated with that use. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation explores the current issue of legal highs in society. Legal highs are substances not controlled by drug laws, so are not illegal to possess or use. Often labelled as 'bath salt' or 'plant food' they are designed to mimic the effects of controlled drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana. These substances are created in laboratories in the Far East and due to being a relatively new phenomenon, have in many cases not been scientifically tested for potential risks, so the side effects are unknown. This dissertation explores existing literature to examine legal highs, looks at legislation surrounding legal highs and looks at mephedrone as an example of a substance previously considered a legal high that became controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The primary research entitled 'how aware are people of legal highs and the potential dangers associated with that use?' surveys a student population using questionnaires to students at the University of Portsmouth.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 10:44
    Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 10:44
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16682

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