Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Carnival Revellers Warned over 'Hippy Crack' Paramedics on Patrol in Bid to Deal with Dangerous Effects of Legal Highs

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Carnival Revellers Warned over 'Hippy Crack' Paramedics on Patrol in Bid to Deal with Dangerous Effects of Legal Highs

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Byline: Ross Lydall Health Editor

REVELLERS attending the Notting Hill Carnival were today warned about the dangers of taking "hippy crack" and other so-called legal highs.

The London Ambulance Service issued the alert after use of the increasingly fashionable stimulants last year resulted in numerous people requiring emergency treatment.

Paul Gibson, LAS tactical commander for the carnival, said: "Legal highs posed a big problem for us at last year's carnival. We treated many people who presented symptoms having taken legal highs. These included seizures, falls and people suffering injuries as a result of assaults.

"Legal highs can be extremely dangerous. We urge people to think twice before taking them and to be aware of the potentially harmful side effects."

Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is known as hippy crack and gives users a short-lived sense of euphoria and dizziness. It deprives the brain of oxygen and has been linked by coroners to 17 deaths in the UK between 2006 and 2012. …

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