The use of so called legal highs by teenagers is reaching epidemic proportions across Lincolnshire. Detectives have revealed today that children in every school in Lincoln, except one, have needed treatment for the effects of taking the substances during school hours.
Children as young as 14 have ended up in hospital. Police can not stop legal highs being sold but they have now launched a new campaign warning of the dangers. Helen Steel reports.
Legal drugs which can be fatal are being sold across the region in petrol stations, take aways and even pet shops, according to a survey out today. Drug information charity DrugScope highlights the dangers of so called legal highs, which mimic the effects of illegal substances.
The survey found that while many buy the drugs from head shops, products are increasingly being found in a range of other stores, making it easier for teenagers to get their hands on potentially lethal products.
A teenager from Lincolnshire has spoken out about how taking so-called "legal highs" destroyed his family. The teenager, who didn't want to be identified, told Calendar how he used to smoke the drugs - also known as New Psychoactive Substances - every day.
He offered them to his brother, who became addicted and has now been sectioned under the Mental Health Act. He's spoken out as part of a campaign lead by police and trading standards to crack down on those using and selling the drugs.