As the government proposes a ban on 'legal highs', one mother from Yorkshire told ITV News about the night she found her son collapsed.
He had called her to tell her he had taken a substance. The woman has chosen to remain anonymous to protect her son's identity.
The mother has supported government calls for a blanket ban on the substances, which are chemical compound sold freely over the counter in garages, newsagents and nightclubs, although not for human consumption.
Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg has also supported the ban.
"The individual taking those drugs doesn't know what they've taken. They don't know what's in there. So if they do have an accident and get taen to hospital, the hospital staff don't know what they've taken, and it is causing deaths.
The owner of a 'legal high' shop told ITV News his service helps addicts - and banning it would drive users towards criminal drug dealers.Read the full story ›
Guy Opperman briefly trended on Twitter in Liverpool when he said the footballer was watching a Commons debate on drugs policy. (He wasn't.)Read the full story ›
A clothes bank has opened for people on benefits in part of County Durham. One Conservative MP has described it as politically motivatedRead the full story ›
A man from County Durham - whose family were shot dead on new year's day in 2012 - is to become the face of a new gun hotline.
Bobby Turnbull campaigned for the hotline which is used to report concerns about gun owners.
His mother sister and aunt were all killed by gunman Michael Atherton.
A group of protesters angry at threats of closure to children's centres in Newcastle have marched on a council-run surgery.Read the full story ›
The Scottish referendum has triggered a debate about powers for English regions, ahead of what promises to be the hardest election to predict for decades.
Watch the programme here:
Our political programme Around The House returns tonight. Paul Brand and guests discuss regional powers for the North, in the light of the Scottish referendum.
There is also a lively studio debate on the impact UKIP could have in the North East, when the country goes to the polls next May.
Around The House is at 11.40pm tonight (Thursday 23 Oct) on ITV.
On this month's programme from Westminster, Paul Brand and guests consider the Chancellor's vision of a 'Northern Powerhouse', ten years after the North East rejected the chance of its own regional Assembly.
Joining the debate are the former Lib Dem leader of Newcastle City Council, Lord Shipley; Sunderland Labour MP Julie Elliott, and North Yorkshire Conservative MP Anne McIntosh.
Also in the programme, UKIP's North East MEP Jonathan Arnott joins the panel to consider the toughest General Election to predict for decades.
Around The House is at 11.40pm, tonight on ITV.
At a council meeting last night, Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon outlined plans to lose up to 230 jobs and slash just over £14 million from the council budget in the next financial year.
He says he needs to make cuts of £77 million by 2020 and to lose hundreds more jobs by then. The council has already made similar savings in the last 4 years. There is now a six week consultation period.