Austin Macauley 06 November 2015

Research links use of legal highs with begging and aggressive behaviour

A study in Newcastle has found links between the use of legal highs with increasing levels of antisocial behaviour and incidents of begging among young people.

Researchers from Northumbria University were commissioned by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle Youth Offending Team to examine the social effects of novel psychoactive substances (NPS), better known as legal highs.

During 2014 more than 1,100 hours of police time was spent dealing with NPS-related incidents.

The research involved surveys with young people, in-depth focus groups and interviews with young people and staff from various local agencies.

‘Although statistically there hasn't been a significant increase in homelessness in Newcastle, there could be a public perception that rough sleeping is a growing problem because of more people being visible on the streets, some of whom are begging to fund the use of legal highs,’ said Adele Irving, one of the authors of the study.

‘We were informed of a small increase in the number of young people being evicted from their housing as a result of negative behaviour caused by taking legal highs. However, the perception that homelessness is getting progressively worse is incorrect. Overall, the number of evictions from supported housing in the city has decreased in the past 12 months. A recent rise in the number of people begging on the streets is, in some cases, to secure money for legal highs, rather than because they are homeless.’

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Awake Night Support Worker - Acorn Villages - Mistley

Essex County Council
Up to £9.50 per hour
Essex County Council (ECC) are delighted to be supporting Acorn Villages to recruit Awake Night Support Workers for their supported living facility i England, Essex, Manningtree
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Assistant Contracts Manager

Derbyshire County Council
£29,184 to £32,389 - Plus market leading package (see below)
Derbyshire County Council are looking for an experienced Assistant Contract Manager Willington, Derbyshire
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager

North Yorkshire County Council
£44,624 - £48,628 per annum pro rata
North Yorkshire Safeguarding Children Partnership (NYSCP) are seeking a Safeguarding Children Partnership Manager. Northallerton/Flexible/ Hybrid working
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

HGV Mechanic

Derbyshire County Council
£23,657 - £25,568 per annum – plus market leading package (see below)
We are looking for a highly motivated Heavy Goods Vehicle Mechanic to join our County Transport team. Brimington, Chesterfield
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Interim Director of Adult Social Services

Tile Hill
Negotiable day rate
We are currently supporting our local authority client in their search for an interim DASS South East England
Recuriter: Tile Hill

Partner Content

Circular highways is a necessity not an aspiration – and it’s within our grasp

Shell is helping power the journey towards a circular paving industry with Shell Bitumen LT R, a new product for roads that uses plastics destined for landfill as part of the additives to make the bitumen.

Support from Effective Energy Group for Local Authorities to Deliver £430m Sustainable Warmth Funded Energy Efficiency Projects

Effective Energy Group is now offering its support to the 40 Local Authorities who have received a share of the £430m to deliver their projects on the ground by surveying properties and installing measures.

Pay.UK – the next step in Bacs’ evolution

Dougie Belmore explains how one of the main interfaces between you and Bacs is about to change.