New moves to tackle legal highs

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Another public meeting is set to be held next week to discuss the concerns surrounding ‘legal highs’ in Arbroath.

It will take place in the CAFE Project on Monday evening at 6.30 p.m. and has been organised due to the strong public feeling that these substances could be harming young people who take them.

Since last Monday’s meeting, which saw a range of people voice their fears about the compounds, a Facebook page called ‘Arbroath against legal highs’ has been set up.

Already it has attracted nearly 1,700 likes and explains the aims of the group.

The page states: “Please add yourself to this group to show your support for being against legal high drugs in Arbroath.

“We aim to write a letter to every MSP asking what the Scottish government is proposing to do about the legislation and licences of the shops who sell them.

“If we have plenty of group members this will add weight to our argument, and assist us in our goal in changing legislation and protecting our community from the perils of these substances.”

One of the administrators behind the page, Carey Allen, is hoping for a good turn-out at the meeting on Monday.

She said: “The meeting is for all members of the public.

“It can take a long time to change legislation but with the Facebook page continuing to add numbers, we are hoping it will act as a kind of online petition.

“Not in a million years did we think the page would be as big and we have had to create two more admins because we just couldn’t cope with all of the people wanting to comment.”

Local Angus South MSP Graeme Dey has revealed that he has been in talks with Police Scotland and Angus Council regarding the issue.

And he explained there could be moves afoot to tackle the concerns.

He said: “I understand entirely the concerns people have about this issue and have been actively supporting both Police Scotland and Angus Council in their efforts to tackle it.

“This is a complex situation and one to which there is no simple, immediate solution.

“That doesn’t mean however that nothing is being done.

“Indeed as recently as December 27 I wrote to the Scottish Government highlighting a measure identified by Angus Council and Police Scotland locally which might be a useful tool in discouraging the presence of these shops in our communities and asking if it might be possible to implement it.”