Two girls (12) hospitalised after taking so-called 'legal highs' at bus station
Two 12-year-old girls have been hospitalised after taking so-called 'legal highs' at a bus station.
The schoolgirls took ill after consuming a drug known as 'Trippy Weed', according to police.
Paramedics and police responded to the incident at the bus station in Newry yesterday afternoon.
Posting on the PSNI's Facebook page, a police officer said the girls had been taken to hospital "where they are recovering from the effects of this muck".
They added: "If you know where the kids are buying these things, tell us.
"Over recent weeks we have been proactively targeting the bus station following complaints about anti-social behaviour and possible dealing.
"We have seized some stuff and will continue to robustly tackle the issues in the bus station.
"Make sure you know where your kids are and who they are with."
Earlier this month an anti-drugs campaigner warned there is a virtual "supermarket" for legal high drugs where abusers in Northern Ireland can access whatever they want.
Some young people are bingeing on a range of substances and increasing the risk of death or serious harm, according to Gary McMichael, who leads the Belfast Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Team.
Mr McMichael said young people were still able to obtain substances easily using the internet.
"There is a culture of a supermarket attitude towards drugs where you can get whatever you want," he added.
Synthetic cannabis can have a much stronger, faster effect than the traditional drug, often causing nausea and headaches.