One or more chemical substances is contained in new psychoactive substances - often incorrectly called legal highs which produce similar effects to illegal drugs (such as cannabis, cocaine, and ecstasy).
There are few of these legal highs that are truly permitted and regulated by the proper government agency, while others are still unapproved for public consumption. These substances are banned to produce, use or supply for human or personal consumption after The Psychoactive Substances Act introduced in 2016. The term new psychoactive substances is more accurate than legal highs even if it sounds like an awkward term. For the purpose of easy identification and being the more popular term, we will be using legal highs throughout the articles in this series. Until the new law becomes effective, they currently remain to be legal.
You can't be sure about these drugs, their power, their consequences or what happens when they are being utilized with other drugs and you can't be sure about just reading the ingredients on the packet and believe what's in there. So you can't exactly be sure what you've purchased or been given, or what impact it's likely to have on you or your friends. NPS have been associated to visits to hospital emergency rooms and even death and these NPS are supplied under many brands like, 'Clockwork Orange', 'Bliss', 'Mary Jane' etc.
New Psychoactive Substances And Its Effects In Kent
Below are the impacts and effects of NPS drugs in four main classes.
While the active substances in each of these classes will be similar in the impacts they deliver, they will have generally unique potencies and consequences for various individuals.
Stimulants In Kent
(like naphyrone, mephedrone) act like ecstasy, cocaine, or amphetamines, in that they can make you feel fast-thinking, physically active, energized, very chatty and euphoric.
Downers Or Sedatives In Kent
(like GBL/GBH, methoxetamine) act similarly to benzodiazepines (drugs like Valium or diazepam), or GBL/GHB, in that they can make you feel relaxed, euphoric or sleepy.
(like NBOMe drugs)act is similar to LSD, magic mushrooms, methoxetamine and ketamine.
They produce altered perceptions and can make you hallucinate (seeing and/or hearing things that aren't there) and they can influence feelings of warmth, 'enlightenment', euphoria and being detached from the world around.
Synthetic Cannabinoids In Kent
(like Black Mamba or Spice): act similarly to cannabis.
Their effects are synonymous with cannabis consumption: feeling relaxed, euphoric and energised, falsified consciousness and loss of inhibition.