Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Legal Highs Leave Your Health in the Balance; 'Legal Highs'. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Legal Highs Leave Your Health in the Balance; 'Legal Highs'. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains

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Byline: HELEN RAE

Rwho take 'legal highs' are being urged to take extra care following the recent spate of hospital admissions in the region.

Recent reports of people who have fallen foul, which included 12 people in Cumbria in a week, have sparked health professionals to issue a stark warning.

The drugs, which are sold to health and cause a range problems for the user.

Director of public health North Tyneside Dr Meng Khaw said: "People who take these 'legal highs' are playing Russian roulette with their health.

"They are not tested and there's no way of knowing what in them and what affect it could now, who knows what long-term problems it could cause.

"So far, North of Tyne has experienced an increase hospital admissions of people taking such drugs and we hope will stay that way."

Legal a involved in the care of those who were recently admitted to hospital reported that patients suffered from dangerous side effects such as visual and auditory hallucinations, cardiac problems, psychosis, paranoia and fits. "chemicals, never be what you and what relaxing bath salts, plant food and research chemicals.

They are often marked as "for human consumption" many sellers wrongly think prevents them from being prosecuted.

assume they must be legal. However, this is not necessarily the case.

Some testing has been carried out on legal highs found that some have contained Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), which a Class B drug.

MDPV was brought under the control of Misuse of Drugs Act in April 2010 along with mephedrone and other related substances.

can contain of potentially dangerous so you can 100% certain have bought, the effects be."

Tests also found some legal highs to contain the drug Lidocaine, which is local anaesthetic frequently used as a cutting agent. It gives users a numb sensation in the mouth or nose create the association with drugs such as cocaine.

Ivory Wave is usually taken orally or snorted and can contain stimulants similar to ecstasy that keep users awake for days.

It comes in 200mg and 500mg packets labelled "for novelty only" with no dosage The drug hit the headlines last month when 12 people in West Cumbria were admitted to hospital after taking it, while 20 people were treated in the Lothian region in Scotland, and an unspecified number were admitted to hospital in Dorset.

Staff at the hospital in Cumbria reported that some of the takers had become aggressive and threatening towards staff, with one female reveller having to be restrained, while another teenage user assaulted a porter who he thought was trying to kill him. …

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