POLICE in South Tyneside are warning people about the dangers of legal highs after two men fell ill.
It follows an incident where two men suffered an adverse reaction after taking Exodus (Damnation). The men were checked by paramedics however did not receive hospital treatment.
Although legal, the substance is sold as an incense to be burned, not consumed.
Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes said: “Thankfully those involved haven’t suffered any serious damage, but that’s not to say the use of legal highs can’t have a more devastating impact on people’s health.
“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.”
He added: “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.”
Anyone who needs advice on drugs should contact FRANK on 08700 77 6600 or visit www.talktofrank.com.