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Legal high customers given warning letters by police

The Argus: Legal high customers given warning letters by police Legal high customers given warning letters by police

Customers of a website selling legal highs were tracked by Sussex Police and hand-delivered letters telling them they were “playing Russian Roulette with their lives”.

Sussex Police confirmed to The Argus it passed the letters onto four people, two in Brighton and two in Hastings, who had bought off the Wide Mouth Frog website.

The website no longer operates and subsequently could not be contacted.

Officers also visited seven ‘head shops’ in Sussex – where legal highs are sold.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Two 'head shops', which were believed to sell or advertise such products, were visited by officers in Hastings.

“Five such shops were visited in Brighton and Hove. All were very cooperative and are open to any future joint visits by police and Trading Standards.

“Letters were hand delivered to four customers of the Wide Mouth Frog website, two in East Sussex and two in Brighton. The letters contained advice given to the customers about possible legal ramifications and health risks associated with 'legal highs'.

“Purchasers were told that they were identified as having ordered products advertised on the website which advertised their products as 'legal highs' that are not in fact fit for human consumption.”

Police said the letter which was hand delivered specifically told people they were ‘playing Russian Roulette with their lives, their health and their careers’.

The spokesman said the term legal high is also often misleading because many legal highs, or new psychoactive substances, are in fact illegal.

He said: “The purchase of these drugs is an offence. Commission of such an offence can lead to arrest, prosecution and a criminal record. Such a record could have a damaging effect on careers or job prospects.”

The spokesman added: “And just because a substance is legal to possess, it doesn’t mean it’s safe.”

In the past year 52 deaths across the country in the last year have been linked to the purchase of so called ‘legal highs’.

In addition other damaging health issues have been experienced including paranoid states, psychosis, hallucinations, coma and seizures.

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6:50am Sat 10 May 14

Quiterie says...

I'm even more confused after reading this article than I was before. Are these substances legal or not? If they're not legal action should be taken against the shops selling them and people buying them (rather than "visits" and "letters"). If they are legal the police should stay out of it.
I'm even more confused after reading this article than I was before. Are these substances legal or not? If they're not legal action should be taken against the shops selling them and people buying them (rather than "visits" and "letters"). If they are legal the police should stay out of it. Quiterie
  • Score: 24

9:21am Sat 10 May 14

NathanAdler says...

I too find this odd. Illegal drugs are the scourge of society and anybody involved in heroin or crack who dies have only themselves to blame.

Whilst I have no doubt the idiots who take these "legal highs" are not really worthy of a place in decent society and probably smell of cheap deodourant, no law is broken. Therefore, if these foul substances are that bad the police and home office should be working towards banning them and not wasting their time by sending silly letters.

Why can't these chavvy drug taking kids taking drugs *whether legal or not) just listen to decent music like Kris Kristofferson or something? I am sure modern music has a major part to play in the poor lifestyle they live.
I too find this odd. Illegal drugs are the scourge of society and anybody involved in heroin or crack who dies have only themselves to blame. Whilst I have no doubt the idiots who take these "legal highs" are not really worthy of a place in decent society and probably smell of cheap deodourant, no law is broken. Therefore, if these foul substances are that bad the police and home office should be working towards banning them and not wasting their time by sending silly letters. Why can't these chavvy drug taking kids taking drugs *whether legal or not) just listen to decent music like Kris Kristofferson or something? I am sure modern music has a major part to play in the poor lifestyle they live. NathanAdler
  • Score: -18

10:47am Sat 10 May 14

mickeyfinn says...

What a waste of police time. We don't fund the police to issue health advice (there are other services for that) or to harass people who are buying legal products, even if the police aren't happy about those products being legal. It's just an attempt to intimidate the people who received the letters - because the police have their names and addresses from the Wide Mouth Frog website.
What a waste of police time. We don't fund the police to issue health advice (there are other services for that) or to harass people who are buying legal products, even if the police aren't happy about those products being legal. It's just an attempt to intimidate the people who received the letters - because the police have their names and addresses from the Wide Mouth Frog website. mickeyfinn
  • Score: 22

10:49am Sat 10 May 14

lorrie1 says...

Can somebody give me a quick reminder how many people Die from ALCOHOL and CIGARETTES each day of the week?? Yet these ARE legal!!!
Can somebody give me a quick reminder how many people Die from ALCOHOL and CIGARETTES each day of the week?? Yet these ARE legal!!! lorrie1
  • Score: 23

10:54am Sat 10 May 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Few people die from taking one ciggy and one drink at a time. They are also produced with tight regulation. Some people have died from taking one legal high, but it's survival of the fittest and if people want to take stuff made from chemicals used to clean engines or rust removers let them do it.
There's too many folk on the planet and it's a way of thinning the population out.
Few people die from taking one ciggy and one drink at a time. They are also produced with tight regulation. Some people have died from taking one legal high, but it's survival of the fittest and if people want to take stuff made from chemicals used to clean engines or rust removers let them do it. There's too many folk on the planet and it's a way of thinning the population out. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: -6

12:46pm Sat 10 May 14

wippasnapper says...

Like with all drugs legal or illegal people react differently when taken them so its pointless sending letters out telling people they are “playing Russian Roulette with their lives” being any drug can have a profound affect on you.
Like with all drugs legal or illegal people react differently when taken them so its pointless sending letters out telling people they are “playing Russian Roulette with their lives” being any drug can have a profound affect on you. wippasnapper
  • Score: -2

1:28pm Sat 10 May 14

power_ranger says...

sounds like the officer in charge of this operation was high when dreaming it up.
sounds like the officer in charge of this operation was high when dreaming it up. power_ranger
  • Score: 7

3:41pm Sat 10 May 14

FreddyF says...

The police are playing russian roulette with their credibility by sending unsolicited public health messages to people that are not breaking the law. Leave health to the health professionals and get on with your job of protecting society from crime instead of harassing law-abiding citizens. We pay your wages.
The police are playing russian roulette with their credibility by sending unsolicited public health messages to people that are not breaking the law. Leave health to the health professionals and get on with your job of protecting society from crime instead of harassing law-abiding citizens. We pay your wages. FreddyF
  • Score: 12

5:29pm Sat 10 May 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Why is it illegal to buy legal highs? Why haven't these legal highs been made illegal to sell if they can kill people?!
Why is it illegal to buy legal highs? Why haven't these legal highs been made illegal to sell if they can kill people?! getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: -3

1:49am Sun 11 May 14

braigieben says...

Errr so how can the shops sell it ? ? Must be legal ? for the moment at least
Errr so how can the shops sell it ? ? Must be legal ? for the moment at least braigieben
  • Score: 4

2:41am Sun 11 May 14

Mr chock says...

lorrie1 wrote:
Can somebody give me a quick reminder how many people Die from ALCOHOL and CIGARETTES each day of the week?? Yet these ARE legal!!!
yes and AND .. whats the problem anyway In the past year 52 deaths across the country in the last year have been linked to the purchase of so called ‘legal highs’. .. its a low low amount of people and if they are buying it to have a good time LET them DIE having a good time .. ..its like the sad sad comments people made about the guy that set himself on fire in brighton last week OHh why don't they just put a big long plank out top of the cliff near rottingdean and a arrow " come here if your depressed got HIV and any other issues that mean you want to kill yourself.. .. Samaritans would not mind they can then devote themself to running a better charity shop
[quote][p][bold]lorrie1[/bold] wrote: Can somebody give me a quick reminder how many people Die from ALCOHOL and CIGARETTES each day of the week?? Yet these ARE legal!!![/p][/quote]yes and AND .. whats the problem anyway In the past year 52 deaths across the country in the last year have been linked to the purchase of so called ‘legal highs’. .. its a low low amount of people and if they are buying it to have a good time LET them DIE having a good time .. ..its like the sad sad comments people made about the guy that set himself on fire in brighton last week OHh why don't they just put a big long plank out top of the cliff near rottingdean and a arrow " come here if your depressed got HIV and any other issues that mean you want to kill yourself.. .. Samaritans would not mind they can then devote themself to running a better charity shop Mr chock
  • Score: 0

5:36am Mon 12 May 14

Elgabalus says...

What an amazing way to spend our taxpayers money! Can they follow Cigarette Buyers home and do the same...or people on Bikes on the pavement witrhout helmets....NOW THAT IS A PLAN!
What an amazing way to spend our taxpayers money! Can they follow Cigarette Buyers home and do the same...or people on Bikes on the pavement witrhout helmets....NOW THAT IS A PLAN! Elgabalus
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Mon 12 May 14

Jason JB says...

NathanAdler wrote:
I too find this odd. Illegal drugs are the scourge of society and anybody involved in heroin or crack who dies have only themselves to blame.

Whilst I have no doubt the idiots who take these "legal highs" are not really worthy of a place in decent society and probably smell of cheap deodourant, no law is broken. Therefore, if these foul substances are that bad the police and home office should be working towards banning them and not wasting their time by sending silly letters.

Why can't these chavvy drug taking kids taking drugs *whether legal or not) just listen to decent music like Kris Kristofferson or something? I am sure modern music has a major part to play in the poor lifestyle they live.
You do realise that a good portion of those who take drugs are perfectly normal people. There are probably dozens of people in your life who do take drugs without you knowing about it, as it has no real impact on their lives.

Smoking some weed after work or taking some MDMA during a rave doesn't turn you in to an 'idiot', nor a 'chavvy drug taking kid'.
[quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: I too find this odd. Illegal drugs are the scourge of society and anybody involved in heroin or crack who dies have only themselves to blame. Whilst I have no doubt the idiots who take these "legal highs" are not really worthy of a place in decent society and probably smell of cheap deodourant, no law is broken. Therefore, if these foul substances are that bad the police and home office should be working towards banning them and not wasting their time by sending silly letters. Why can't these chavvy drug taking kids taking drugs *whether legal or not) just listen to decent music like Kris Kristofferson or something? I am sure modern music has a major part to play in the poor lifestyle they live.[/p][/quote]You do realise that a good portion of those who take drugs are perfectly normal people. There are probably dozens of people in your life who do take drugs without you knowing about it, as it has no real impact on their lives. Smoking some weed after work or taking some MDMA during a rave doesn't turn you in to an 'idiot', nor a 'chavvy drug taking kid'. Jason JB
  • Score: 3

2:00pm Mon 12 May 14

Jason JB says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
Why is it illegal to buy legal highs? Why haven't these legal highs been made illegal to sell if they can kill people?!
Legal highs are incredibly hard to make illegal because of the abundance of them and the bureaucracy of the government. It took months to ban MCAT a few years ago, and the companies that sell these drugs only have to make small changes to the formulas for them to re-release the product as a technically 'legal' high.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: Why is it illegal to buy legal highs? Why haven't these legal highs been made illegal to sell if they can kill people?![/p][/quote]Legal highs are incredibly hard to make illegal because of the abundance of them and the bureaucracy of the government. It took months to ban MCAT a few years ago, and the companies that sell these drugs only have to make small changes to the formulas for them to re-release the product as a technically 'legal' high. Jason JB
  • Score: 1

6:59pm Mon 12 May 14

Roundbill says...

Jason JB wrote:
NathanAdler wrote:
I too find this odd. Illegal drugs are the scourge of society and anybody involved in heroin or crack who dies have only themselves to blame.

Whilst I have no doubt the idiots who take these "legal highs" are not really worthy of a place in decent society and probably smell of cheap deodourant, no law is broken. Therefore, if these foul substances are that bad the police and home office should be working towards banning them and not wasting their time by sending silly letters.

Why can't these chavvy drug taking kids taking drugs *whether legal or not) just listen to decent music like Kris Kristofferson or something? I am sure modern music has a major part to play in the poor lifestyle they live.
You do realise that a good portion of those who take drugs are perfectly normal people. There are probably dozens of people in your life who do take drugs without you knowing about it, as it has no real impact on their lives.

Smoking some weed after work or taking some MDMA during a rave doesn't turn you in to an 'idiot', nor a 'chavvy drug taking kid'.
You haven't got the hang of irony yet, have you?
[quote][p][bold]Jason JB[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NathanAdler[/bold] wrote: I too find this odd. Illegal drugs are the scourge of society and anybody involved in heroin or crack who dies have only themselves to blame. Whilst I have no doubt the idiots who take these "legal highs" are not really worthy of a place in decent society and probably smell of cheap deodourant, no law is broken. Therefore, if these foul substances are that bad the police and home office should be working towards banning them and not wasting their time by sending silly letters. Why can't these chavvy drug taking kids taking drugs *whether legal or not) just listen to decent music like Kris Kristofferson or something? I am sure modern music has a major part to play in the poor lifestyle they live.[/p][/quote]You do realise that a good portion of those who take drugs are perfectly normal people. There are probably dozens of people in your life who do take drugs without you knowing about it, as it has no real impact on their lives. Smoking some weed after work or taking some MDMA during a rave doesn't turn you in to an 'idiot', nor a 'chavvy drug taking kid'.[/p][/quote]You haven't got the hang of irony yet, have you? Roundbill
  • Score: 0

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