We need to warn children of dangers
Anyone in doubt about the danger of legal highs and the devastating effects they can have on youngsters and their families should read our case study on page 14. As part of our campaign to improve the warnings on these potentially lethal substances, an Ashford mother has bravely come forward to speak movingly about how she fears she is ‘losing’ her teenage children because of them.
She says the youngsters, aged only 14 and 15, have been taking the substances once a week - at least - since the summer.
Edwina’s description of the mental and emotional change they bring about in her children will cause concern to every parent.
She says: “They’re aggressive, they have outbursts of anger, then the next minute they’re laughing and joking. They think it’s all funny and we’re all upset because we’ve just had to go through the trauma.”
As our campaign highlights, the substances are currently legal, meaning the authorities are limited in what they can do. Police cannot prosecute and trading standards do not have the power to seize the items.
For the sake of parents like Edwina, we hope the authorities will now act to make these substances less attractive to impressionable youngsters and leave them in no doubt they are dicing with death.