‘Legal highs’ are more accurately called ‘novel psychoactive substances’. These chemicals are designed to imitate the effects of illegal drugs: either stimulants, cannabis or hallucinogens. This briefing paper aims to give teachers more confidence in teaching young people about ‘legal highs’ and debunk some common myths.
This briefing paper is part of a series of six papers produced by the Drug Education Forum, for schools and others involved in drug education or informal drug prevention:
- The principles of good drug education
- Principles for supporting school drug education
- Beyond the lesson plan: Drug prevention and early intervention
- Engaging parents in drug education
- Learning from life skills programmes in drug education
- Legal highs
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