The mother of a student from Brighton who died after taking the then legal high 'GBL' has welcomed the news that the government has banned 500 more new drugs.
Maryon Stewart launched her high profile campaign calling for tougher measures to combat the use of legal highs after her 21-year-old daughter Hester died in 2009.
The bereaved mother founded the Angelus Foundation which works to raise awareness of the potential dangers of so-called legal highs.
Police in Southampton are investigating after concerns have been raised about the use of new psychoactive substances, also known as 'legal highs', in the city. Officers are aware of some cases where medical attention was required on Thursday, April 23.
Members of the public are urged not to consume these products.
Police are working with partners to tackle the use of new psychoactive substances. Anyone who thinks they could be affected by the issues surrounding ‘legal high’ drugs is encouraged to seek professional advice and help:
If you are concerned with your, or anyone else’s drug use, whatever the drug, contact your local drug service, in confidence.
Details of your local drug service can be found at: www3.hants.gov.uk/adult-services/adultservices-professionals/hampshire-daat/treatment-services.htm
A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death after a teenager died when he took a legal high. Adam Hunt, who was 18, died at Southampton General Hospital in August. He had taken the drug AMT, which he told a friend he had bought online. After the verdict, his family said,
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Hampshire Police have named the 18-year-old from Southampton who died on Sunday 18th August.
He has been named as Adam Hunt from Millbrook Road East in Southampton.
From initial enquiries it appears the teenager took two psychoactive substances before he was taken seriously ill on the previous Wednesday.
However, the exact cause of his death has not been established.
His parents Bernadette and Darren have released a statement in tribute to Adam.
They said: "Adam was a much loved son. He was a very normal young man with interests that ranged from football and music to clothes and girls. He was very thoughtful and caring and loved his family and friends dearly."
“One of the things we will always remember though about him was his fantastic sense of humour. It is very hard to think we will not get to laugh or talk with him anymore. His life had such potential and was all in front of him, sadly it has been cut prematurely very short."
Police have confirmed that an 18-year-old man from Southampton has died on Sunday 18th August at Southampton General Hospital.
The man's next-of-kin have been informed but the man can not be identified until all procedures have been completed.
A post-mortem examination will be held later this week to establish the cause of death.
Superintendent Ben Snuggs said: "This is a very sad time for this young man’s family and our thoughts and condolences are with them."
A teenager who took a 'legal high' drug bought via the internet has died at Southampton General Hospital. The 18-year-old's mother phoned an ambulance after finding him in his bedroom on Wednesday 14th August.
He said he had taken Alpha Methyltryptamine (AMT) which had been ordered from Holland.
Police have issued a warning about the use of so-called 'legal highs'.