A KIRK Hallam man who took controversial drug mephedrone for the first time this month had to have 22 stitches after it 'burnt a hole' in his bowels.
Thomas Hay bought the drug from a dealer for £30 in Ilkeston on April 7 as a legal high and snorted two lines of the white powder the same night.
The next morning he said he was complaining of severe burning pains in his stomach when he collapsed into the Last Orders Inn in Fullwood Street.
The landlady immediately called for an ambulance and he was taken to the A&E at Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham.
Surgeons had to make a six-inch-long incision into his stomach to operate and Thomas now has to take 33 tablets a day for the pain and so that he can get rid of fluids from his body.
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By Dave Wade
April 29, 2010