Wednesday 22 November 2017

Three schoolboys critical after taking legal highs

Police in England are investigating after three 15-year-old boys were left critically ill after taking so called legal high substances

Police in England are investigating
Police in England are investigating

Martin Evans

A police investigation has been launched after three schoolboys almost died after taking so called legal highs.

The teenagers, who were all aged 15, were left in a critical condition after taking the substances last Friday.

They were rushed to hospital where one was said to be in a life threatening condition, but has since improved. 

The incident occurred in Salisbury and the boys were understood to have taken the substances in the Queen Elizabeth Gardens area of the city.

So called legal highs or New Psychoactive Substances mimic the effects of illegal drugs but can often be many times more potent.

They have been linked to a number of deaths in recent years and next month sweeping new powers will make it an offence to produce or supply substances that can produce any substance that is intended for human consumption and can produce a psychoactive effect.

People who break the law could be jailed for up to seven years.

But campaigners have warned that not enough is being done do educate youngsters about the dangers of such substances.

A spokesman for the Angelus Foundation which campiagns for more information about legal highs said: " Sadly these incidents of collapsing after taking legal highs is all too commonplace. The law is about to change on legal highs banning their sale but the Government has shown no commitment to educating young people about their harms. Without greater public awareness these dangerous incidents will continue."

Police are now investigating where the boys bought the substances and have urged parents to talk to their children about the danger of so called legal highs.

Local Inspector Dave Minty said: “These drugs may be so called 'legal highs' but there is no way of knowing what chemicals are in these substances and what the consequences of taking them will be.

“We are working closely with the boys' parents and school, and I would strongly encourage parents and guardians to speak to their children about the risks of taking any drugs, legal or otherwise.

“My officers have commenced an investigation into this incident. I would also ask that anyone with information as to where these substances are being sold contacts us straight away."

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