Legal highs – in Prestwood

Parents need to be vigilant …..

Thames Valley Police have become aware that DNP (dinitrophenol), a “legal high”, may be being used in the Prestwood area. Although not illegal, DNP has been linked to the deaths of four people in the UK in recent years, including one case in High Wycombe in 2012; the Missendens neighbourhood policing team would like to bring this information to your attention.

People who use “legal highs” face serious dangers by taking these substances, which are manufactured as chemical substitutes for illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy.

These dangers include breathing difficulties, heart palpitations, paranoia, psychosis, hallucinations, coma, seizures and in some cases death.  

The police would also encourage parents to become more vigilant about legal highs and to keep an eye out for the packaging that the substance comes in.

For more information about legal highs then please visit the “Talk to Frank” website –

There is also an interesting You Tube video that was produced by the BBC Newsnight Programme titled – How Dangerous are Legal Highs – Newsnight, that is worth watching

If you have any information about legal highs in the Missendens area then please get in touch with the Missendens  neighbourhood policing team.

If you don’t want to speak directly to the police you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.



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