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Public voice their concerns

The Rev Martin Fair opened the Legal Highs meeting in the CAFE Project on Monday evening. With him on the panel are, from left - Derek Wann, Thane Lawrie and Ali Thornton.

The Rev Martin Fair opened the Legal Highs meeting in the CAFE Project on Monday evening. With him on the panel are, from left - Derek Wann, Thane Lawrie and Ali Thornton.

Concerned parents and local people spoke out about their worries over legal highs at a public meeting in Arbroath tonight (Monday).

The meeting, which was held in the CAFE Project building was arranged by the steering group, Arbroath Against Legal Highs and allowed those attending to voice their opinions on the subject.

Reverend Martin Fair chaired the meeting and other speakers included Derek Wann from the steering group, Thane Lawrie from Angus Council’s Alcohol and Drugs Partnership and Ali Thornton from harm reduction charity CAIR Scotland.

Those attending the meeting discussed the negative effects they claimed these so called ‘legal highs’ can have and came up with ideas on how to better educate young people.

And on Tuesday afternoon the Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnership said they would be offering information and advice to concerned parents on the subjct.

Susan Wilson, partnership chair, said: “The partnership is aware of the concern within local communities about the availability and use of psychoactive substances, or legal highs as they are known.

“In response to these concerns, we are supporting a number of projects to give information and advice to all sections of the community, including education professionals, parents and young people.”

Among the events which have taken place are awareness raising sessions at local schools, with teachers and parents invited along to learn about the dangers of legal highs.

Those attending the events are given factual information to help them recognise the signs and difficulties that young people may encounter through the use of alcohol and/or legal highs.

If you are worried about the effect of NPS on you or a member of your family, contact the Web Project on 01307 460101, or the Angus Alcohol and Drugs team on 01241 435821.

Read more in Friday’s Arbroath Herald.

 

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