With the number of incidents involving 'legal highs' on the rise in Cumbria, we've ask what are they and why are they so dangerous?
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A 28-year-old woman is in a 'stable condition' after she was involved in a crash with a police car.
The incident happened between Outrigg, St Bees and Grove Road, Egremont at about 6pm on Monday, 21 July.
The woman's black VW Golf collided with a Cumbria Police vehicle as it was responding to an emergency.
The 28-year-old driver of the police vehicle suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Whitehaven Hospital.
The woman was taken by ambulance to the Cumberland Infirmary.
Officers from the Collision Investigation Unit attended the scene, and are investigating the full circumstances surrounding the collision.
In a report released today, Cumbria Police have been praised by police investigators for managing their finances.
The force is on target to meet all of its targets - including having to make savings of nearly £5m over the next two years.
Cumbria Police say they've seized more than a million pounds worth of drugs over the last few months.
It says there have also been a number of prosecutions of drug suppliers, which have lead to sizeable jail terms.
The force is promoting the work its doing all this week to disrupt the trade in drugs and also to warn people of the dangers of so-called legal highs.
The road at the junction of the A595 and the B5305 is closed due to a road traffic collision.
Police were called to the scene at 1:14pm today, Thursday 17 July, after a crash between a car and a motorcycle.
Emergency services are dealing with the incident and motorists are asked to avoid the area and use alternative routes.
Cumbria Police are dealing with more incidents involving so-called legal high drugs, according to figures released to this programme. The force reported 22 cases last year compared to just one, five years ago.
They say substances sometimes known as party drugs are not necessarily illegal but taking them is dangerous. Campaigners say even the term 'Legal High' is misleading and say they should be called psychoactive substances.
In Cumbria there have been 61 incidents where police know or suspect that people have used the substances, since 2009.
In 2010 there were 13 incidents, but last year the figure was 22. So far this year, there have been 4 incidents where people who have used the drugs have come into contact with police.
Earlier Ian spoke to Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Slattery from Cumbria Police, and asked him what legal highs are and what are the dangers?
One of the UK’s biggest drug and alcohol charities, CRI, has warned that the UK is ‘only scratching the surface’ and underestimating the serious public health challenge posed by ‘legal high’ misuse.
The charity has taken a leading role in treating and educating young people on the dangers of taking these substances, which it calls ‘strange molecules’.
It offers support to people via its services across the UK.
Its drop-in clinics are seeing a rise of people using synthetic cannabinoids like ‘Spice’, Mephedrone, MDMA, ketamine, Poke and Euphoria. Many of these substances are freely available in shops located on the high street, as well as online.
– David Biddle, Chief Executive of CRI
“We believe that the common term of ‘legal high’ is incredibly misleading; legal does not equate to safe, and some substances which were legal have now been classified.
"Some of these substances are highly potent and can be very risky, possibly up to 10,000 times stronger than the street drugs they emulate, with tiny amounts able to trigger extreme psychoactive responses."
A local business have donated a car to South Cumbria’s Community Safety Team.
DSG Morecambe Ltd handed over the keys to the Hyundai IX 35 Premium CRDI on Tuesday, 15 July.
It will be used to help prevent crime and disorder in the most rural, isolated areas of South Cumbria.
This is the third occasion where DSG have donated a vehicle to the Force.
The number of incidents Cumbria Police is attending involving the misuse of legal highs is on the rise.
In 2009 officers dealt with just one incident, but last year that figure had risen to 22.
Incidents range from possession of a legal high, to behaviour resulting from taking a legal high.
£800 of alcohol has been stolen from a Morrisons store in Penrith.
Police would like to speak to two men (pictured) in connection with the incident which happened in the Brunswick Road shop between 6:30pm and 7pm on Friday, 6 June.
PC Christopher Warman said: “If anyone has any information or recognises the individual from the CCTV footage we ask that they get in touch with us. Theft will not be tolerated by Cumbria Police and we ask that members of the public help us in our investigation.”
Anyone with any information is asked to call Cumbria Police on 101 and ask for PC 2080 Warman, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111