We need to warn chil­dren of dan­gers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Stanhope Fire -

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.

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