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Police Action after 5 Teenagers Put in Hospital

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6:01am 26th April 2012

Pirate FM has learnt Cornish teenagers are ending up in hospital by trying to get high legally.

Five youngsters from Bodmin have been treated after taking things like bath salts.

Now police and trading standards are starting a crackdown, warning some are being cut with illegal drugs.

Pirate FM has spoken to teenagers in the town who told us, "I know a few people who have done it. They're ending up in hospital. It's sending them loopy basically. It's just a high while you're doing it. I think it's ridiculous really."

"It makes them think that everyone's after them. They're just a bit paranoid. It's not very nice."

Inspector Ian Drummond-Smith said, “The police recently had great success at a shop premises in Cornwall where a quantity of illegal drugs were seized from a shop purporting to sell legal highs, who are now being prosecuted.  In some cases, shop owners do not realise they are peddling illicit drugs, and simply take the word of the manufacturer, often from abroad, that the substances are legal. This will not be tolerated.
 
"Our aim is to educate the shopkeepers now and this will allow us to prove they understand the nature of their products, so we can follow with strict enforcement in the coming months.”
 
Officers are being supported by colleagues from Cornwall’s Trading Standards in the joint exercise which has seen more than ten shops visited so far including premises in Newquay, Liskeard, Bodmin, Penzance, Redruth, Camborne and Truro.
 
Stuart Benson, Assistant Head, Public Health and Protection Service, added; “Some shops try to pass off these so-called “legal highs” as legitimate-seeming household or personal products, such as bath salts. This may often be done to disguise their intended use as drugs and in order to make them appear quite innocent to those who are not in the know.  It is the responsibility of our Trading Standards staff to enforce product safety and product labelling laws and these laws can be used to stop the supply of such products.”
 
He added: “Cornwall Council Trading Standards is happy to be working in partnership with the police to help prevent the supply of these potentially dangerous products, particularly where children may be able to access them freely. We believe that, between us, we can more fully protect the public.”
 
Signs of Legal Highs

Experts say there are some signs to look out for when people have taken legal highs and may be in trouble.
 
  • Breathing that is shallow or disrupted
  • Low  or high body temperature 
  • Enlarged or small pupils 
  • Skin may look blue, especially around the lips
  • Very agitated or with a fast pulse

If you are worried about someone you know, you can get more help and information here.

6:01am 26th April 2012

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