New Psychoactive Substances and lethal highs

A blanket ban on the production, supply and importation of new psychoactive substances (NPS), previously known as ‘legal highs’, was introduced in May 2016.

The term ‘legal highs’ may have misled people and given them the impression the substances were safe. But there are serious health risks and young and vulnerable people are risking their lives.

There is a growing amount of evidence that they can cause considerable harm, and research has shown that a proportion of these products actually contain controlled Class A and B drugs.

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I want to report people taking these drugs
You know a person or people who are taking New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)
I want to report people dealing these drugs
You know a person or people who are dealing or supplying New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)
I want to report a house or property where these drugs are used
You know a place or property where people are going to take New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)
I want to report a shop or property where these drugs are being sold
You know a shop or property where New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are being sold or supplied
I have found some drugs
You have found what you believe are drugs or illegal substances
I am struggling with drug abuse
You or someone you know needs help with drugs
There are witnesses
Someone saw the incident happen
I don't think there are any witnesses
You don't know if anyone saw what happened

Your situation

This has happened more than once
This isn't the first time this has happened
There is a pattern to when this happens
There are regular dates and times when it takes place
I do not speak English very well
English is not your first language and you may have difficulties discussing your concerns

The person who did this

I think I know who did this
You have details of, or suspect you know who committed the crime
I don’t know who committed the crime but I do have a description
You have a description of what the offender looks like
I don't have a name or description of anyone involved, but I do have other details
You do not have a description or name of people involved, but do have details such as their address, their place of work, their number plate, online details etc.
Someone I know has details about who did this
Someone believes they have information about the person or people who have done this
I don't know who did this
You do not have any details of who is involved in this


There is video footage or photos of the beggar
You may have CCTV, video or images of the beggar
They left something behind
The suspect may have left an item behind
There are verbal or written comments
The suspect said something, left graffiti, or wrote something online or sent emails or messages
I have an ongoing ASB non-crime number
You already have a an ASB crime number related to this or a similar incident
I don’t know if there is any evidence
You are unsure if there is evidence that can help with the investigation


This is affecting my mental or physical health
You would like support following this incident
I want to remain anonymous
You do not want to provide your details
I do not want to go to court
You do not feel comfortable taking part in a trial or hearing
I'm worried it may happen again
You are worried that incidents relating to New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) will happen again


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