Two taken to hospi­tal amid spice con­cerns

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

TWO peo­ple have been taken to hospi­tal after be­ing found on a city cen­tre street amid con­tin­ued con­cerns over syn­thetic drug spice.

A mem­ber of the public re­ported an un­re­spon­sive man and wo­man on St Mary Street to two PSCOs at about 4.15pm on Tues­day.

Po­lice say on ar­rival they found an un­con­scious wo­man and a man who was con­scious but not speak­ing.

The man and wo­man were sub­se­quently taken to the Uni­ver­sity Hospi­tal of Wales, Cardiff, by emer­gency am­bu­lance.

Man­ager of St Mary Street Spar Mir­shad Khan said peo­ple standing nearby told him the two had been smok­ing the syn­thetic sub­stance known as spice.

“I was serv­ing a cus­tomer and I looked out­side and there was a girl and a guy on the floor out­side the shop,” Mr Khan, 37, said.

“The girl looked un­con­scious and to­tally didn’t know what was go­ing on but the guy was only slightly gone.”

Mr Khan said he helped the man move the wo­man away from the door of the shop where they both lay un­til the po­lice ar­rived.

“There were some other peo­ple and they said they had spice. They were in a re­ally bad po­si­tion, re­ally bad shape.”

He added: “Fam­i­lies are around, kids are around, and it’s not good for them to see these things. They should be treated prop­erly and looked after prop­erly.”

The Welsh Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said two crews re­sponded after be­ing called to the in­ci­dent at about 4.45pm.

It comes just one week after footage of a group of peo­ple slumped and passed out at the same lo­ca­tion.

The video, cap­tured by MJ Reed of the Wel­come 2 Cardiff Youtube chan­nel, showed passers-by rush­ing to help one per­son sprawled on the street and three slumped against a wall.

Drug and al­co­hol psy­chother­a­pist Nick She­p­ley, of Cardiff Liv­ing Room re­cov­ery cen­tre, said: “We have a con­sid­er­able prob­lem with spice in Cardiff but what we have to re­mem­ber is that this is a new drug and the me­dia are very in­ter­ested in it, but home­less peo­ple are just as af­fected by le­gal drugs such as al­co­hol.

“While it might seem new and shock­ing to us, it’s part of the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing vul­ner­a­ble in our so­ci­ety as they are hav­ing to cope with the pain and suf­fer­ing in their lives.”

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