Youngsters fight legal highs with film

DELZ - HERBAL DRUGS / LEGAL HIGH  / CHEMICAL DRUGS.''POSES AS A PLANT FERTELIZER. '   '     PHOTO PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL

DELZ - HERBAL DRUGS / LEGAL HIGH / CHEMICAL DRUGS.''POSES AS A PLANT FERTELIZER. ' ' PHOTO PHIL WILKINSON / TSPL

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Campaigners have welcomed the production of a documentary created by young people to highlight the dangers posed by Legal Highs.

The Prince’s Trust team from Dundee and Angus College unveiled on Friday their film designed to educate people about the nature of ‘Legal Highs’ or New Psychoactive Substances (NPS).

Based at the Arbroath campus the team of 12 had only a fortnight to produce the film and was prompted by what they felt was a need for information for those most at risk of taking NPS.

In that time, Arbroath residents Ross Lindsay (22), Craig Milne (21), Amy Stewart (18), Gemma Woodcock (23), and Montrose students Natalie Bruce (23), Liam Player, Joann Lonie (both 17), Morgan Hendry (16), along with Forfarians Sam Cooper (16), Aaron Gouck (21), Catrina Massie (18) and Kris McKay (20), of Farnell, researched, wrote, filmed and edited the DVD aimed at schools and youth groups.

The team also produced leaflets and posters for this community project.

Previously the team took part in a bag pack at Asda where they raised £263.46 towards the costs of producing and marketing the DVD.

As part of their project they interviewed Derek Wann of the Arbroath and Montrose Against Legal Highs campaign. Mr Wann said: “They had great enthusiasm for the project. I was able to tell them about the shops closing down in Arbroath and our work in reducing the accessibility of the products.

“They were on the High Street and anyone could just walk in off the street and buy them.

“I’m hoping that this is something that they are going to go round the colleges to give a bit of education to students as well. They were all very committed to what they were doing.”

According to Mr Wann, the campaign has changed tack recently with the closure of the two shops selling Legal Highs in Arbroath. They are now focusing on educating people about NPS through their Facebook page.

Mr Wann added: “The campaign has calmed down a bit but we are still experiencing spikes of interest.

“But there still seems to be a lot of interest, what we are really using the page for is education and awareness of the dangers that are coming out in the press.

“As we know the Arbroath shops stopped selling, in fact they closed, but I do believe Legal Highs are still accessible, I do believe that people have been going to Montrose and bringing it back to sell.”