Legal Highs survey is launched by the NHS

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Legal highs are being put under the spotlight with the launch of a new survey across Angus.

The anonymous survey is being conducted by NHS Tayside on behalf of the Alcohol and Drugs Partnerships (ADP) in Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross to improve understanding of legal high use.

The online questionnaire has been designed to learn more about people’s experiences and views about new psychoactive substances (NPS), often referred to as legal highs, in a bid to identify issues, concerns and needs of those who either take the substances themselves or are affected by others’ use.

Results from the survey will also help to make improvements to the assistance and support offered to people affected.

Dr Emma Fletcher, speciality registrar in public health medicine, said: “The survey is important to gain information on the use of legal highs in Tayside and what effects these substances may have on people and their friends and family.

“Whether you have taken them in the past, take them now, have never taken them or know someone who does, we would like to hear from you.

“The survey is completely anonymous and confidential and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.”

In Scotland in 2012 there were 47 deaths where legal highs were found to be present.

The survey can be found online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/legalhighs-tayside