Two anti-legal high groups are set to meet next week for pressing talks in the wake of an Arbroath man’s death from using the substances.
Both the Arbroath and Montrose Against Legal Highs groups have been rejuvenated in their bid to crack down on the use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) after the tragic passing of 33-year-old Michael McKay.
His sister, Laura McKay, last week said her sibling had died in hospital after a four-month addiction to the drugs.
Since Laura’s awareness campaign, dozens of new members have joined Arbroath Against Legal Highs’ Facebook group and now spokesman Derek Wann wants to use the momentum positively.
He said: “Before Michael’s tragic passing, we didn’t really know anyone who had been actively harmed by legal highs and it’s really given us impetus again.
“We thought we were doing well with our campaign but what’s happened now has hammered home how dangerous this stuff really is.
“There has been an upsurge in the number of members of the Facebook page since the young man’s death, helped by his sister, who has tried to put the message out there about the dangers of legal highs.”
Now, Derek is hoping to pull together a meeting next week with a steering group from both the Montrose and Arbroath groups.
Derek says educating people of the dangers is still the best way to prevent more tragedies and wants to make clear he does not want the shop Evapeolution alleged in the past to be selling legal highs to be forced to close.
He said: “I believe that Michael’s sister, Laura, will attend the talks and we will discuss what we can do next.
“We also have about six or seven people in the steering group which is made up of both the Arbroath and Montrose groups.
“But I must say, we’ve never been here to try to close the shop.
“There are enough empty shops in the street. They initially set up the shop claiming to be selling E-cigarettes and that’s great if that’s all they did.”