Substance misuse is a significant issue because young people experiment with illegal and legal substances such as drugs, alcohol and tobacco, without knowing the impacts and effects it can have on themselves, others and the environment.
The Psychoactive Substances Act is mainly targeted at manufacturers and retailers of psychoactive substances and aims to disrupt the supply chain and impose significant penalties for those involved in the production and distribution.
However the individual could be affected in a number of ways:
Having a criminal record could impact on your future study, employment and travel plans
The ingredients in legal highs can change and so can the quantities – so you can never know what you are taking or the strength of the product.
Even if you were fine last time, the next time could be a different story