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Island customs seize legal highs

Guernsey Customs says it has made 18 seizures of so called "legal highs" since the ban on importing the substances was extended in November.

The herbs and chemicals are sold as an alternative to some illegal drugs.

It is now illegal to import or export any of the products for personal use, not just in commercial quantities.

Chief Customs Officer Rob Prow said so far the ban had worked and any attempted imports had resulted in seizures.

He said: "I think the complete ban has clarified the situation and has reduced the amount of the substances of this type that people are ordering and trying to get into the island."

The Health and Social Services Department said it had spent £400,000 during the first 10 months of 2009 on treating people who had developed depression, paranoia and psychotic symptoms as a result of taking the substances.

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