Legal high warning after teen taken to hospital

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A TEENAGER has been admitted to hospital after taking so called ‘legal highs’.

Police were called to The Burn area off New Road, Boldon Colliery, at 2.50pm today, after concerns were raised about two teenagers feeling unwell.

They are said to have taken a so-called ‘legal high’ drug known as ‘Clockwork Orange’.

An ambulance attended and a 15-year-old boy was taken to South Tyneside District Hospital for treatment. His condition is described as stable and not believed to be life-threatening.

A second boy aged 16, also received medical assistance. He is being looked after at home.

Superintendent Peter Farrell said: “If any other young people have taken this substance today we would urge them to seek medical assistance.

“The use of legal highs is far from harmless. They can cause symptoms ranging from reduced inhibitions, drowsiness, excited or paranoid states, unconsciousness and seizures.

“These risks are increased if mixed with alcohol or other stimulants.

“These substances also often contain potentially dangerous chemicals which can prove fatal whichever way they are used so it’s extremely important people avoid them.

“We will be visiting schools in the area to reinforce these messages and make sure young people are aware of the potential dangers of using so-called legal highs.”

Anyone who needs advice on drugs should contact FRANK on 0300 123 6600 or visit www.talktofrank.com

* The public should also be aware that some of these substances contain a mixture of ingredients and may also contain illegal drugs.

This means until they are tested in a laboratory, exactly what is in them is unknown. Therefore people may be in possession of illegal drugs and may face formal police enforcement action.


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