Evaluation & comments from young people
Service consultation feedback
Published below are the responses of 934 young people to questions asked about legal highs. Engaging local communities and consulting with young people on their views and opinions helped us understand their needs and how best to respond. The active involvement of young people through consultation helped shape service delivery.
809 (87%) viewed legal highs as safer than other drugs and would be tempted to
try them under this assumption
767 (82%) said in their opinion, legal highs was a problem and there was a need for new services to tackle the problem
876 (94%) wanted more information about the risks and dangers of legal high to
be made available to them
873 (93%) said they would be happy to pass on service details of REAL to others
who may need support
As part of the same consultation young people were asked how they would prefer to be contacted should they need advice, information & support.
654 (70%) said they would prefer service contact via social media,
web, email or telephone
169 (18%) expressed no preference
111 (12%) said they would prefer face to face contact
Young people of all abilities experience the enjoyment of learning
through the use of audio, video & other interactive activities
Our workshops are challenging perceptions and changing attitudes towards legal highs
Young people's responses assist us to monitor outcomes and measure positive change
2017 service evaluation outcomes are as follows:
Of the total number of young people attending workshops
91% said their overall knowledge had been increased
95% said their awareness of risk & consequence had increased
89% considered legal highs to be As or More dangerous than other drugs
98% said they would be less tempted to try a legal high in the future
Comments from young people
"I learned a lot and was interested in all the activities"
"It is a bit disturbing but it does get the message around"
"I found this presentation very well prepared and informative"
"Very fun and educated I am very happy about what I know. Thank you"
"This workshop definitely helps you in the real world and is very enjoyable"
"I know more about drugs now and not to take them . You have taught me a lot"
"I think that this workshop will help people become aware of legal highs and stop people starting at a young age and at all. Thank you"
"I've learnt that you can't always trust what you hear, like with the legal highs, legal was put there to make it sound okay and safe and get past the law and tests. But the effects are awful and don't take them"
"REAL recently came into the college to speak to Health and Social Care classes about the effects of legal highs. I found it very interesting as before the session I believed legal highs were 'safer' than illegal drugs however, this is not the case. I think there is a huge amount of my peers who believe what I did- that legal highs are 'safer' to use."
"It provided me with much more information about drugs, especially legal highs. It taught me about the dangers of legal highs which beforehand I knew nothing about. I found the workshop really effective at getting across their information and was very interesting."
"I learnt a lot more about legal high drugs and this will help me in the future because if my friends get into any trouble I know how to help them and I know where I can send them to get help. It was a really effective workshop."
"I found the legal high part of the day fascinating because it exposed real life cases of tragedies regarding legal high abuse and this was really interesting to understand the extent of the effect of taking legal highs. I think that students have a lack of knowledge on the extent of the effects of legal highs because they are 'legal' therefore leading to individuals believing that the effects are not as bad as the effects of illegal substances."