Northern Ireland

Legal highs: Meeting over use in Belfast's Smithfield market area

Media captionLegal highs are synthetic drugs which can be bought online and in shops

An emergency meeting has been held in Belfast to discuss concerns of city centre traders over the use of legal highs by young people in the greater Smithfield market area.

The meeting was organised by the South Belfast Police and Community Safety Partnership.

It aimed to address growing anti-social behaviour in the area.

The group has said there is a need for more support from agencies.

Legal highs, officially known as psychoactive substances, are synthetic drugs which can be bought online and sometimes in shops.

They are often created in laboratories in the Far East and are rushed to European and other markets before authorities have time to ban them.

Several deaths in the UK have been linked to legal highs. More than 200 of the substances have been banned since the coalition government came to power in 2010.

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