'Legal high' lands Tyneside teenagers in hospital

A TEENAGE boy suffered a seizure in a supermarket car park and a 15-year-old girl was hospitalised after the pair took a “legal high” in separate incidents, police said yesterday.

A TEENAGE boy suffered a seizure in a supermarket car park and a 15-year-old girl was hospitalised after the pair took a “legal high” in separate incidents, police said yesterday.

The schoolboy needed treatment after taking the “Annihilation” drug in Morrisons car park in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, at around 6pm on Wednesday. Last night, he was still recovering in hospital.

A short time later, the ambulance service contacted police after a 15-year-old was taken to hospital after taking a “legal high”. She initially complained of feeling unwell and is currently recovering at home.

Last night, officers issued a warning over the risk of taking legal highs and said those who take the drugs – which have not yet been classified in as illegal – were risking their lives.

Acting Chief Insp Kevin Waring, of Sunderland Area Command, said: “We are working closely with Trading Standards to identify and visit premises selling these substances and will take any action necessary to ensure the safety of the public.

“In both these cases, the substance taken appears to have been called Annihilation, Annihilator or some variation on that name. It may be being sold as a herbal incense and must not be consumed.”

Officers are carrying out inquiries to establish where the substances came from. Det Chief Insp Ged Noble, said: “We want people to be aware of the dangers of taking drugs, including so-called “legal highs” and medication not prescribed for them.

“I would like to stress that the use of legal high drugs is not safe and can kill or have a devastating impact on people’s health.

“These substances often contain potentially dangerous chemicals and can cause death.

“Likewise, any concoction of medication is potentially extremely dangerous and it’s equally dangerous for people to take medication which has not been prescribed to them.”

He added: “Anyone who misuses drugs, prescribed or non-prescribed, is putting their life at risk and people should also be aware that this risk is significantly increased if mixed with alcohol.”

Anyone who needs advice on drugs should contact FRANK on 08700 776600 or visit the website at www.talktofrank.com.

 

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