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Drugs warning after two girls ended up in hospital

Drugs warning after two girls ended up in hospital

Published by Emma Carton at 8:07am 1st August 2018. (Updated at 8:46am 1st August 2018)

Police in Cornwall have issued a plea to parents about drugs, after two teenagers ended up in hospital.

It is believed the girls fell seriously ill after taking yellow pills branded EA7.

Detectives leading the investigation say they are both in a stable condition.

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The tablets two teenage girls, who ended up in hospital, are believed to have taken in Bodmin as police issue a drugs warning to parents

Liskeard Duty Inspector Julian Morris was keen to share this message with mums and dads.

"It is occuring across Cornwall and what we would like to do is to warn the public about substance misuse.

"We'd also like parents, especially, to speak to their children about the dangers of drug use and, indeed, any other substance misuse.

"To speak to the children and advise them about the issues in relation to substance misuse.

"If they do have concerns about anything like this - they can come to police.

"It's absolutely and fundamentally important to have open and honest conversations with their children and explain the dangers".

The 16-year-old and 17-year-olds were both rushed to Treliske where they were made stable.

One girl was later released from hospital and it is understood the other is currently recovering.

Detective Constable Andy Petherick is urging anyone with information about what happened on Sunday night to come forward.

“The substance that these girls are believed to have taken came in the form of yellow tablets which were in the shape of a shield with ‘EA7’ written on them, similar to the one pictured.

“We are urging young people to stay away from substances.

"You do not know what is in them or how strong the drug may be or how your body will react to them.”

What should I say to my children about drugs?

Talk to Frank has a load of advice on how to talk to your children, including doing your research first.

"In general, most young people, especially those under 16, trust their parents and will respond to any information and support you offer. However, as teenagers get older the culture gap may widen and communication may be more difficult. This does not mean you should not try. Before you do talk to your child about drugs, make sure you have accurate, up-to-date information about different types of drugs (explore our A-Z of drugs or FAQs) and make the time to have the conversation.  

"It’s important to stay calm and open-minded. Getting too intense will put pressure on your child, so encourage a relaxed conversation, starting with questions about the ‘bigger picture’. Try to find out how things are going outside of home, with their friends, at school, etc. Make sure to ask questions that won’t result in one-word answers; this way, the conversation will be much more likely to flow. Listen to what your child says and try to ensure a two-way conversation.  

"If you’re sure there’s a problem and your child refuses to talk to you, try not to panic".

"Although there are many stories about drugs leading to addiction, crime and death, it is important to remember that: 

  • For most young people illegal drug taking is not a part of normal life;
  • Most people who do try drugs do not continue using them.

"There are serious risks involved in drug use but most of those who try illegal drugs do not usually suffer any long-term harm to their health".

Read more advice from Talk to Frank.

Anybody with information about the incident in Bodmin is asked to contact police via 101@dc.police.uk or by calling 101 and quote log number 989 29/07/2018.

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