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  1. chillinwill
    A TEENAGE boy has collapsed at school after taking a party drug known as a “legal high”.

    The pupil at Woldgate College, in Pocklington, was taken to York Hospital on Tuesday afternoon after becoming seriously ill on the school premises.

    Jeff Bower, the school’s head teacher, said: “We can confirm that a sixth form pupil collapsed on site after taking a substance bought off site, as a ‘legal high’."

    He said the school was working closely with the police and Safer Communities Team to make sure his pupils knew about the dangers of drugs.

    A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said the teenager had since been discharged from hospital.

    The incident follows the tragedy of 14-year-old schoolgirl, Gabrielle Price, from West Sussex, who died in November from a heart attack after taking the “legal high” commonly known as meow meow.

    Despite it being illegal to sell these drugs for human consumption in Britain, they can be sold legally if advertised as plant food, and are available in shops and on the internet.

    After a quick search, The Press found a website selling the “legal high” mephedrone for £7 for half a gram.

    The company, XXX, stresses the drug is “not for human consumption” and anybody purchasing the product must agree to their terms and conditions.

    York MP Hugh Bayley said he would write to the Government committee looking into “legal highs” to inform them about the case at Woldgate College and urge them to make it illegal to sell the drugs.

    He said: “I’m glad this young man is now out of danger, but his experience shows why it is dangerous to buy mind-bending concoctions over the internet.

    “I hope his lucky escape warns other young people not to take risks."

    York GP Dr Brian McGregor said “legal highs” were potentially deadly and urged teenagers to stay away from them.

    He said: “You don’t know how your body is going to respond to them and they could have extremely serious effects on your heart and blood pressure – it is a very quick way to make yourself very poorly.

    “It’s very usual to want to experiment with new experiences and new things when you are learning about life and going through your teenage years, but the bottom line is that drugs could kill you."

    Coun Carol Runciman, head of children’s services at City of York Council, issued the same warning.

    She said: “Young people should be very wary of taking anything that is not prescribed for them by a doctor and in particular anything that is not designed for humans. It can have unexpected and sometimes fatal consequences."

    By Nicola Fifield
    January 14, 2010
    York Press
    http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/485...upil_collapses_after_taking____legal_high___/

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  1. chrisjames13
    'Coun Carol Runciman, head of children’s services at City of York Council, issued the same warning.'

    'She said: “Young people should be very wary of taking anything that is not prescribed for them by a doctor and in particular anything that is not designed for humans. It can have unexpected and sometimes fatal consequences."'


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    How safe are prescription drugs?[/SIZE][/FONT]

    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]"In 1998 an extensive study published in the reputable Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that 106,000 people die each year in American hospitals from medication side effects (4). [/FONT]
    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]Let's look at this statistic a different way: 106,000 deaths a year averages out to nearly 300 deaths per day, every day. Deaths from all major airline crashes in the U.S. average less than 300 annually, but 1 airplane crash gets more media attention and governmental scrutiny than the 300 medication-related deaths which occurred not only on the same day as the airline crash, but also every day before and after for decades."[/FONT]


    [FONT=Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, serif]"[/FONT]Studies have found pharmaceutical use to be a leading cause of hospitalizations and the third leading cause of deaths(1). In 1998 an extensive study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) showed that 106,000 people die each year in American hospitals from medication side effects (1). But studies also show that less than 5% of hospitalizations and deaths due to pharmaceuticals are identified as such so the actual total is much higher."


    "A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more harm than good. The number of people having in-hospital, adverse drug reactions (ADR) to prescribed medicine is 2.2 million. Dr. Richard Besser, of the CDC, in 1995, said the number of unnecessary antibiotics prescribed annually for viral infections was 20 million. Dr. Besser, in 2003, now refers to tens of millions of unnecessary antibiotics. The number of unnecessary medical and surgical procedures performed annually is 7.5 million. The number of people exposed to unnecessary hospitalization annually is 8.9 million. The total number of iatrogenic deaths shown in the following table is 783,936. It is evident that the American medical system is the leading cause of death and injury in the United States. The 2001 heart disease annual death rate is 699,697; the annual cancer death rate, 553,251."
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    Maybe young people shouldn't be taking anything prescribed by doctors either; However, young people definitely shouldn't be taking hard drugs(hard legal or illegal drugs), or any drugs for that matter in my opinion. I just don't like how people tend to make it seem like anything prescribed from a doctor is safe.

  2. Alfa
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