Lincolnshire Police and Trading Standards have executed search warrants at two shops in Lincoln which they believe may be selling controlled drugs as "legal highs".
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The action comes in response to a number of young people seeking hospital treatment after taking so called "legal highs" bought from premises like these. Many have suffered frightening symptoms like a racing heart beat, breathing difficulties, swollen and constricted airways and anxiety.
Cannabis substitutes and powder drugs are packaged, called appealing names and often marketed as legal, or "research chemicals – not for human consumption."
They are openly sold over the counter to teenagers, students and young professionals, who police believe are buying them, thinking they are legal and safe. Police and Trading Standards officers believe this represents a huge health risk to young people in the city.
Detective Inspector Simon Lovett said: "Our main aim is to raise awareness among young people and parents and to send a very clear message to anyone thinking of peddling harmful products marketed as "legal highs" in Lincolnshire – we will not tolerate it.
"Several young people have been made extremely ill by these drugs and have required hospital treatment. People buying these substances have no idea what they are putting in their bodies and they are risking their lives. This is not an exaggeration - there have been several well documented deaths related to amphetamine based substances similar to mephedrone in the UK.
"We would urge anyone who has previously bought and consumed these products to cease immediately."
Police arrested a 41-year-old local man, a 25-year-old local man and a 44-year-old local woman in connection with these warrants. They are helping police with their enquiries. Investigations are ongoing in this case. The recovered substances will be sent off for analysis and updates will follow when appropriate.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The one thing I notice is that there is absolutely no info on what these products contain (apart from etizolam), is it any wonder people are running into trouble? I wonder if they will get their stock returned to them if analysis shows no illegal substances in their products. I wonder if the owners themselves even know (or care) what is in them?
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