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Warwickshire Professionals get the low-down on ‘legal highs’

Legal Highs Guinea PigOn Thursday 6th March 2014 Warwickshire County Council’s Community Safety & Substance Misuse team delivered a training session for Warwickshire professionals to raise their awareness of ‘legal highs’.

Provided free of charge to agencies who work with people and communities who need to increase their knowledge of an evolving issue, this is the third time the team have run a ‘legal highs’ training session – the last one being held in October last year.

The training was organised by WCC Community Safety Project Officers and delivered by Donna Williamson from The Recovery Partnership – the service commissioned to provide drug and alcohol support across Warwickshire.

The session focused on legal highs which are readily available in our communities, and gave information on common names, costs and effects on those taking the drugs and how they link into the current drug scene.

A presentation was also given by the father of a long time user who is now in recovery, which provided additional insight into one family’s battle with ‘legal highs’, and was followed by a question and answer session.

Further work is now planned to address this national problem at a local level with information being shared with WCC Drug and Alcohol Action Team.

To book a place on the next ‘legal highs’ training session, date to be confirmed, please email communitysafety@warwickshire.gov.uk.

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