Derbyshire County Council support legal high survey

County Hall, Matlock.
County Hall, Matlock.

A national survey that aims to gather information about the use of ‘legal highs’ is being supported by Derbyshire County Council.

The Legal High National Online Survey is the UK’s first independent, national, confidential online survey specifically about residents’ use and views of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) – also known as ‘legal highs’.

The survey – which is open only to residents aged 18 and over – aims to gather information about which legal highs are being used in different parts of the country.

Feedback will give Derbyshire County Council a clearer picture of what is happening in the county and help health professionals better meet the needs of people who have mental and physical health issues because of legal high use.

Derbyshire County Council Deputy Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Paul Smith said: “This survey has the potential to provide good, accurate information that we currently lack – information about legal high use in Derbyshire, what people are taking and their experiences.

“We’re encouraging people to take part to support our work to reduce drug use and support people struggling with substance misuse and addiction and all the health problems that can go with it.

“The results will be invaluable in helping us help people make sensible, informed choices and to lead healthier lives.”

Legal highs are substances that mimic the psychoactive effects of illegal drugs like cocaine, ecstasy, cannabis and amphetamines but are not currently illegal to use or possess.

There is currently no national research to show how many people have taken a legal high in the UK, what legal highs they are taking, or what they experience after taking them.

This survey will give residents the opportunity to provide information about their experiences of taking legal highs in strict confidence. Participants will be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad mini or wireless Beats by Dr Dre Studio headphones.

The research has been commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council and is being run by the Centre for Drug Misuse Research in Glasgow. It is open to UK residents aged 18 and over only and runs until Tuesday 30 September at

Residents can find more information at and