Warning of 'rising' drugs risk to Inverness and Nairn pupils
Police and Highland Council have warned of a suspected increase in availability and taking of illegal drugs at schools in Inverness and Nairn.
The warning is in a letter sent to parents and carers of secondary pupils.
In the letter, Police Scotland and the council said that while it was not a new issue "the risks do seem to be more prevalent than previously".
They added that young people of all ages have been identified as both using and supplying harmful substances.
In the joint letter, police and the local authority said: "Controlled substances previously believed to not have been a significant issue for young people in many areas in Highland are now readily available.
"It is possible for anyone, but especially young people, to access a wide variety of substances across Inverness e.g. controlled substances such as cannabis, MDMA, heroin, crack cocaine and a range of new psycho-active substances, "legal highs".
"Access can be from contact with people and even purchase on-line in some cases."
Anyone with concerns about the supply or use of drugs has been asked to contact Highland Council, police or Crimestoppers Scotland.