Prisoner Luke Cox says addicts and dealers research the ingredients of their preferred psychoactive substance, buy them online separately and mix them on a ‘trial and error’ basis in an effort to by-pass the law or boost profits.
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Dealers then sell the powders and tablets on to users – many of whom are teenagers who steer clear from conventional drugs in the mistaken belief that so-called legal highs are safer.
In today’s JEP, in the first of a four-part series exposing the dangers of the pocket-money priced drugs, the addict, who was sentenced to more than two years in prison for breaking and entry and malicious damage last year, describes the frightening effects new psychoactive substances have had on him.
‘I have slit my neck and wrists,’ he said.
‘They are the most harmful drugs I have ever had.’