Three taken to hospital after taking 'legal highs'
Three people – including a 15-year-old schoolboy – were hospitalised at the weekend after taking so-called legal highs, police have confirmed.
The teenager was taken ill at his home in Torquay, South Devon, after taking Bubble Bud, a substance billed as similar to cannabis which is widely available on the Internet. He is understood to be “very ill” in hospital after being admitted on Sunday.
The incident came less than 24 hours after two men were admitted to hospital in Exeter having taken another legal high called El Blanco. corr Neither is thought to be seriously ill.
No further details about the three cases have been released.
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El Blanco is also widely available online, described as a “strong research chemical powder” which “is sure to please”. Like many legal highs, which are designed to mimic the effects of controlled drugs, it is sold as “not for human consumption”. On one website it costs £25 for a gram.
The hospital admissions come just days after Devon and Cornwall Police warned potential users of the risks associated with legal highs also known as new psychoactive substances (NPS).
Detective Inspector Neil Blackhurst from the serious and organised crime investigation team, said earlier this month: “The most important message that we want to send out is that just because something is being sold as legal it does not mean that it is safe to consume.
He added: “The risk of harm to the user cannot be understated. Labels and packaging rarely suggest what the substances contain and even when details are on the packaging, what is stated on the label can have little or no connection to what is in the powder or pill.
“In our experience we have found that some individuals offering NPS for sale generally have little regard for the contents of the substances they sell.
“Forensic analysis has shown that products with identical packaging sold in different outlets or from the same outlets at different times contain entirely different substances, some illegal, others uncontrolled.
“Users of NPS need to be aware that they can never be sure of exactly what they are taking or what the effects will be.”