THE number of young people in Britain who have tried legal highs while they're out at night is the 'highest figure in Europe', according to a new study.

The study, conducted by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), found that one in twelve people aged 15 to 24 (670,000) have tried potentially harmful legal highs at gigs or in nightclubs.

Perhaps more worrying is that new figures also indicate that deaths involving legal highs in England and Wales are on the rise, with 52 last year versus 29 in 2011.

In this year's Mixmag Drug Survey, 12 per cent of UK clubbers said they had bought a legal high in the past year - and 22 per cent had purchased drugs over the internet.