The Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police is due to take part in a debate looking at how to tackle the sale of so-called ‘legal highs’.
Chief Constable Simon Edens will be part of a panel of experts which discusses the issue during a debate to be held in Barton Seagrave next month.
He said: “I’m very pleased to be able to take part in this debate and listen to issues and concerns both from the public and health experts.
“So-called legal highs are a growing issue across the country and something we have taken action on here in Northamptonshire.
“Thanks to the innovative work of our officers, we have so far seen one shop which was selling legal highs closed down and a conviction secured against a man who was selling substances to children.
“This work has been closely followed by the Home Office and means we are at the forefront of working out ways to tackle this problem.”
The debate will see health professionals, legal experts and community workers give their opinions on topics such as the mental health impacts of legal highs , Government legislation, and what should be done to educate people about drug use.
The event has been organised by Kettering-based drug awareness charity, Solve It, which has carried out work with Northamptonshire Police to raise awareness about legal highs in the past.
It will be held at Latimer Arts College in Barton Seagrave from 6.30pm until 9pm on Wednesday, January 13. The event is free for anyone to attend.