Humberside Police is issuing a warning following reports nationally of dangerous plant food being eaten by people.
It is a synthetic substance called Mephedrone or Methedrone and is being sold on the internet as a plant fertilizer but also advertised as being used to achieve a 'legal high'.
It is sold as a plant food to get around fit for human consumption checks but should not be ingested. Police are also concerned that children and adults could be going into shops to buy flower and plant food and then eating it.
Due to the risks posed officers are urging people not to eat or drink any substance labelled for plants and asking parents be vigilant to ensure their children are not taking anything that could be potentially harmful to their health.
Anna Pilgim from Hull Citysafe Drug Strategy Team said: "Just because substances are legal, doesn't mean they are safe.
"Relatively little is known about the potential short term or long term impact of chemicals such as those found in plant food, and as their make-up changes all the time, users can't be certain what they are taking and what the effects might be.
"Also, different people will react differently - so people dont know how their body will react to the substances.
"'Legal highs' pose a real danger and the risks increase if they are taken with alcohol, or other drugs.
"The Drugs Team would advise that people do not take plant food as it is a dangerous substance when taken by humans."cks but should not be ingested.
December 24, 2009
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Humberside Police Warn About The Dangers of Eating Plant Food Drug