Legal Highs Harm Reduction Guide

What Are Legal Highs?

Legal highs, often called 'herbal highs' or 'legals', are a range of products that have been developed as part of a world wide harm minimization strategy to provide safer, legal alternatives to harmful illicit drugs. When using any kind of legal highs, please follow the safety guidelines below to ensure both your safety, as well as the continued availability of these products.

Safety Guidelines
  • Do not experiment with any legal high when under 18, pregnant or breastfeeding, when on medication, or when suffering any mental or physical health condition.
  • Begin with doses below those given. If no undesirable side effects occur, gradual increases of dosage may be tried on separate occasions until recommended dose / desired effect is reached.
  • Do not combine legal highs, or mix them with any other drugs, supplements, medicines or alcohol.
  • Allow rest periods of at least one week between experiments.
  • When experimenting be relaxed, well rested, in good health, and momentarily relieved of responsibilities.
  • Do not attempt to operate machinery, drive, attend work or school after using any legal highs.
  • Keep hydrated. Many legal highs can cause dehydration, especially if you are also dancing. Be sure to consume plenty of water or fruit juice.

What To Do If Problems Occur?

If you have taken a legal high and feel uncomfortable with the sensation: Lie down. Consume lots of water to flush your system. Have a friend keep you company. Generally the product sensations increase for the first 1-3 hours, then subside over the next few hours.

In an Emergency in New Zealand, Call 111 and request an ambulance. For poisons information in New Zealand, Call The Poisons Information Hotline 0800 764 766.

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