Junior Cert parents warned on legal highs

PARENTS in Kerry have been warned about the dangers of legal highs, which young people may be tempted to take to celebrate Junior Cert results, due out shortly.

The Killarney Drugs Liaison Committee, which annually circulates substance abuse literature to parents and students, has this year included a brochure on legal highs for the first time.

Committee chairman and retired garda Cathal Walshe said the drugs issue had changed a lot in the past year.

“What is illegal today may have a substitute tomorrow,” he stressed. “These drugs (legal highs) are mood altering to say the least. Hash, cocaine and even heroin have been here before, but these drugs can cause many psychological problems.”

The multi-agency committee includes representative of Killarney Town Council, gardaí, local schools, the HSE, sporting and voluntary groups.

Last June, local councillors and concerned parents met in Killarney to put the public spotlight on legal highs.

The package posted to Killarney parents also emphasises that alcohol is still the most widely abused drug.


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