Man ‘critically ill’ after taking legal high in Sunderland

Main entrance to Sunderland Royal Hospital on Kayll Road, Sunderand.

Main entrance to Sunderland Royal Hospital on Kayll Road, Sunderand.

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A man is fighting for his life after taking a legal high in Sunderland.

The man, who is believed to have taken a substance which he bought over the Internet, was rushed to Sunderland Royal Hospital yesterday, where he is currently in a critical condition.

Using legal highs, in the way they are intended or otherwise, isn’t safe and we would urge people to steer clear of them.

Supt Ged Noble

Supt Ged Noble said: “Using legal highs, in the way they are intended or otherwise, isn’t safe and we would urge people to steer clear of them.

“They can kill or have a devastating impact on someone’s health, as they often contain potentially dangerous chemicals.

“Just because the substance says it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s safe and our advice would always be to avoid using legal highs.

“Officers in Sunderland will be enaging with youngsters to make sure they’re aware of the risks and to encourage them to refrain from using them.”

Rosanna O’Connor, national Director of Alcohol and Drugs at Public Health England said: “The risks for users of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS – sometimes unhelpfully called legal highs) can be particularly high, especially when so little is known about their content, which can be dangerous and in some cases, even lead to death.

“Some NPS users are developing seriously damaged health and even dependency, and an increasing number are turning to treatment for these drugs.

“The numbers remain small compared to heroin and crack addiction or to those seeking help with cannabis use, but services need to be geared up to meet these emerging challenges.

“Those seeking treatment stand a very good chance of overcoming their problems, so we would encourage anyone who needs help to seek it.”

Further information and advice can be found at: http://www.talktofrank.com/drug/legal-highs