At Ana Liffey we have found that the most useful way of imparting information around harm reduction is for staff to be well briefed from relevant resources, to learn from the target group and then to be able to facilitate discussions with services users or provide relevant information in one-to-one settings.
To assist with this approach at the community level we have gathered a cross section of what we consider the most useful resources on legal highs, and hope they are of use to you.
Legal highs are substances that mimic the effects of illegal drugs, but are not currently controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act. While there has been a large increase in access to legal highs through head shops, most purchasing of legal highs is via the internet. Legal highs go by a number of names and forms. Some of the most common include synthetic cannabinoids or ‘spice’ products, BZP ‘liquid ecstasy’, mephedrone, methylone, methadrone and related cathinones, ‘snow’, ‘magic’, kettamine, GBL and 1,4BD. See below for more information on these substances and on how to reduce the harm related to their use.
Centre for Public Health: Mephedrone Briefing.
This presents information on Mephedrone (also known as: 4-MMC, ‘Meow’, ‘M-Cat’) and other related drugs. This substance has received recent media attention concerning its legality and (largely unconfirmed) speculations around its contribution to the deaths of several young people. Most information outlined here is derived from users themselves or user orientated websites.
Exchange Supplies: Mephedrone
Lifeline have produced this FAQ booklet giving those who are using mephedrone essential information, tips for reducing risk, staying safe and looking after friends. This short leaflet can be purchased at Exchange Supplies and is targeted at adults and young people engaged in the recreational use of drugs. Use with under 16s with support.