Warn­ing over le­gal highs

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen’s top cop has warned of an in­crease in the num­ber of young peo­ple in the area ad­mit­ted to A&E af­ter tak­ing po­ten­tially fa­tal ‘le­gal highs’.

Chief In­spec­tor Pat O’ Cal­laghan has is­sued a stark warn­ing to young peo­ple not to risk their lives by tak­ing the sub­stances.

Chief In­spec­tor O’Cal­laghan said: “Re­cently, we have re­ceived some re­ports of the use of so called,‘le­gal highs’from young peo­ple. These sub­stances can be con­fus­ing. The com­mon term‘le­gal highs’leads young peo­ple to be­lieve they are a safe al­ter­na­tive to con­trolled drugs. This is sim­ply not the case. They con­tain un­known sub­stances de­signed to mimic the ef­fects of con­trolled drugs.

“They are not safe and NHS La­nark­shire have high­lighted an in­crease in young peo­ple pre­sent­ing at Ac­ci­dent and Emer­gency de­part­ments with symp­toms from tak­ing these sub­stances. Please take some time to speak to your son or daugh­ter about the dan­gers of these sub­stances.”

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