Dorset Police write to 'legal high' users

Legal highs Users are being warned the substances are not necessarily safe for human consumption

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Suspected users of so-called 'legal highs' have been sent letters by Dorset Police as part of efforts to discourage people from using them.

Officers wrote to four people believed to have bought the drugs over the internet and have visited a number of suspected suppliers.

Further visits are planned in the coming week, a spokesman said.

The operation is aimed at stemming the supply of the products and raising awareness of their potential dangers.

Det Ch Insp Mark Callaghan said: "Just because a substance is sold in a shop or on the internet as 'legal' does not mean it is legal or safe, and sadly there are clever people out there making a lot of money by selling drugs under the misnomer 'legal highs' which may in fact pose a risk to people's health.

"The reality is that many of these products either contain controlled substances which are illegal or uncontrolled substances whose side-effects cannot be predicted.

"Anyone who buys such substances is playing roulette with their health and their futures."

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