Police warn legal highs like "playing Russian roulette" after county's week of raids

Bournemouth Echo: Scott Gowing Wilks Scott Gowing Wilks

POLICE have warned that taking so-called ‘legal highs’ is like “playing Russian roulette” following a week of raids in the county.

Officers have cracked down on suspected suppliers of the drugs, visiting four addresses last week, with more planned.

Four people living in Dorset, who are believed to have bought highs over the internet, have also been written to by the police.

The action began on the same day the Daily Echo revealed two dealers who supplied the drug that killed Scott Gowing-Wilks had been jailed.

Detective Chief Inspector 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.”

Scott died on May 21 last year after Stuart McGill and Kyle Smith provided him with ‘Dr Death’ drug para-methoxyamphetamine, or PMA.

The 20-year-old, who was with friends James Thomas and Bradley Moss, believed he was taking a legal high.

On November 22, McGill and Smith were jailed for 12 and a half years and 10 years respectively at Bournemouth Crown Court.

DCI Callaghan added: “People selling these products are profiting on a significant scale and this campaign is about sending a clear message throughout the county as to the potential health risks from products labelled ‘legal highs’.

“It is also about educating people about the consequences of using these products. Anyone who buys such substances is playing roulette with their health and their futures. Possession of a controlled drug can lead to a criminal record which could damage job prospects and future travel plans.”

Dr William Haydock, Dorset’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team information and research officer, said: “There are a wide range of services to help Dorset residents who have drug and alcohol problems.

“Support ranges from advice and information through to structured treatment and aftercare, and includes access to support groups of people with similar experiences.”

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10:57am Thu 5 Dec 13

Controversial But True says...

Cracking down on 'Legal Highs' must be an illegal low!!

Well, I thought it was funny!
Cracking down on 'Legal Highs' must be an illegal low!! Well, I thought it was funny! Controversial But True

11:32am Thu 5 Dec 13

static kill says...

Next thing you know they'll be cracking down on doughnuts.
Next thing you know they'll be cracking down on doughnuts. static kill

12:01pm Thu 5 Dec 13

live-and-let-live says...

i wonder when they will start cracking down on crime
i wonder when they will start cracking down on crime live-and-let-live

12:05pm Thu 5 Dec 13

BoscVegas says...

What they can't say is that if you want to experiment with drugs you are better off trying the traditional illegal drugs than these legal highs. At least then if you make a dosage mistake etc the emergency services know how to treat you.
What they can't say is that if you want to experiment with drugs you are better off trying the traditional illegal drugs than these legal highs. At least then if you make a dosage mistake etc the emergency services know how to treat you. BoscVegas

12:49pm Thu 5 Dec 13

scrumpyjack says...

BoscVegas wrote:
What they can't say is that if you want to experiment with drugs you are better off trying the traditional illegal drugs than these legal highs. At least then if you make a dosage mistake etc the emergency services know how to treat you.
If you think about it, that actually has a ring of truth about it,
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: What they can't say is that if you want to experiment with drugs you are better off trying the traditional illegal drugs than these legal highs. At least then if you make a dosage mistake etc the emergency services know how to treat you.[/p][/quote]If you think about it, that actually has a ring of truth about it, scrumpyjack

12:49pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Adrian XX says...

Can't we have PiHKAL and TiHKAL on the national curriculum?
Can't we have PiHKAL and TiHKAL on the national curriculum? Adrian XX

1:25pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Pablo23 says...

Adrian XX wrote:
Can't we have PiHKAL and TiHKAL on the national curriculum?
And Alexander Shulgin coming around the school doing talks to the kids.
That is if he is still alive.
[quote][p][bold]Adrian XX[/bold] wrote: Can't we have PiHKAL and TiHKAL on the national curriculum?[/p][/quote]And Alexander Shulgin coming around the school doing talks to the kids. That is if he is still alive. Pablo23

2:51pm Thu 5 Dec 13

keith milton says...

about time the police raided the houses of parliament for war criminals,thieves,pa
edophiles,fiddling expenses,cocaine in toilets of westminster etc...etc...etc,are these scum above the law?or are rules only for us slaves.
about time the police raided the houses of parliament for war criminals,thieves,pa edophiles,fiddling expenses,cocaine in toilets of westminster etc...etc...etc,are these scum above the law?or are rules only for us slaves. keith milton

2:57pm Thu 5 Dec 13

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

Drugs are merely nature's way of eradicating the worthless genes from the pool of life.
Drugs are merely nature's way of eradicating the worthless genes from the pool of life. BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth

3:13pm Thu 5 Dec 13

blakieboy7 says...

static kill wrote:
Next thing you know they'll be cracking down on doughnuts.
who ate all the highs?! ha seriously though it is time something was done. Not sure it is the role of the police though. If the government acted far sooner, people would not be able to get their hands on these substances
[quote][p][bold]static kill[/bold] wrote: Next thing you know they'll be cracking down on doughnuts.[/p][/quote]who ate all the highs?! ha seriously though it is time something was done. Not sure it is the role of the police though. If the government acted far sooner, people would not be able to get their hands on these substances blakieboy7

3:39pm Thu 5 Dec 13

retry69 says...

I suppose with a crackdown on legal highs at least there will be a reduction in the comment section
I suppose with a crackdown on legal highs at least there will be a reduction in the comment section retry69

5:06pm Thu 5 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

BoscVegas wrote:
What they can't say is that if you want to experiment with drugs you are better off trying the traditional illegal drugs than these legal highs. At least then if you make a dosage mistake etc the emergency services know how to treat you.
A lot safer too
[quote][p][bold]BoscVegas[/bold] wrote: What they can't say is that if you want to experiment with drugs you are better off trying the traditional illegal drugs than these legal highs. At least then if you make a dosage mistake etc the emergency services know how to treat you.[/p][/quote]A lot safer too HRH of Boscombe

5:53pm Thu 5 Dec 13

nigelperkins says...

retry69 wrote:
I suppose with a crackdown on legal highs at least there will be a reduction in the comment section
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
[quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I suppose with a crackdown on legal highs at least there will be a reduction in the comment section[/p][/quote]weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee nigelperkins

5:58pm Thu 5 Dec 13

retry69 says...

nigelperkins wrote:
retry69 wrote:
I suppose with a crackdown on legal highs at least there will be a reduction in the comment section
weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Yes indeed :)
[quote][p][bold]nigelperkins[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]retry69[/bold] wrote: I suppose with a crackdown on legal highs at least there will be a reduction in the comment section[/p][/quote]weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee[/p][/quote]Yes indeed :) retry69

7:29pm Tue 17 Dec 13

stevobath says...

BigAlfromsunnyBourne
mouth
wrote:
Drugs are merely nature's way of eradicating the worthless genes from the pool of life.
I suggest you take some then. Vile.
[quote][p][bold]BigAlfromsunnyBourne mouth[/bold] wrote: Drugs are merely nature's way of eradicating the worthless genes from the pool of life.[/p][/quote]I suggest you take some then. Vile. stevobath

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