White Powders is the name that is sometimes used to describe what people think is cocaine but is in fact what used to be called 'legal highs', these did not go away people purchase on-line in the Dark Net or through Social Media, technology now plays a role in the supply of drugs which people can get delivered. This is illegal and you should be aware of this. One main danger is people buying Benzos on-line, these are a class of drugs that are causing people major issues and related to the high death rate in Scotland.
Drugs & the Law, our drugs which are used for non-legal purposes are part of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, which has three Classes A, B, & C... These Classes can effect you in the future, several countries, such as the USA ask if you have a Drug Offence, this is on any future visit, so what happens to you at 19 years old can follow you for the rest of your life! Word of warning about purchasing drugs on-line, even if these are 'prescription medications' you can fall foul of the law, you can see this issue being tested around Cannabis THC drugs people are buying.
PS Act 2016 Penalties under the Psychoactive Substances Bill:
Possession Not an offence
Possession in a custodial institution Up to 12 months and/or a fine* Up to 2 years and/or a fine
Possession with intent to supply Up to 12 months and/or a fine* Up to 7 years and/or a fine
Supply/offer to supply etc. Up to 12 months and/or a fine* Up to 7 years and/or a fine
Production Up to 12 months and/or a fine* Up to 7 years and/or a fine
Importation/exportation Up to 12 months and/or a fine* Up to 7 years and/or a fine
Failure to comply with a
Prohibition or Premises notice
Up to 12 months and/or a fine* Up to 2 years and/or a fine
Friends look after friends, you should never leave a friend alone if they have used any substance, such as 'unidentified white powders'… Also these substances and alcohol can pose a danger to females, people have been spiked and not fully remembered what has happened to them. If this is the case or you have suffered violence around alcohol and/or drugs please get in contact with: Violence Against Women Partnership: www.pkvawp.org
Legal Highs/NPS can be stronger and longer lasting than some illegal drugs. Watch out for your friend becoming Unconscious, overheating...
The best way to stay safe is not to take medications that are not prescribed to you, or use Research Chemicals that can cause problems. What you buy on line can be fake, and this can cause issues as you might take more, it can take longer to kick in and overdose is a real possibility.
We don't know the 'dangers' of legal highs! Basically we have not had time to study them and measure the effects. What we do know, some are 'Research Chemicals...
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We have produced a legal statement which is important, we are not in any way advising that you use drugs without the guidance of a medical professional and that you are aware of the units for alcohol and are aware of the dangers of purchasing products on-line and are aware of the General Medical Officers advice around Tobacco and the advice from the Chief Medical Officers around Alcohol in pregnancy.