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A professor at Newcastle University has warned of the dangers of so-called legal highs which can be bought in shops and on the internet.
He says they can be even more toxic than illegal drugs, as Derek Proud reports.
You can watch his full report below.
A professor from Newcastle University has been speaking about the dangers of using legal highs.
It follows an incident where three teenagers from Blyth were hospitalised after taking the substance 'Clockwork Orange Herbal Incense'.
Professor Simon Thomas, a professor of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics at Newcastle University, also works at the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust.
He says that because legal highs are unregulated and untested, they could potentially be as dangerous - or more dangerous - than using illegal drugs.
Northumbria Police are warning the public about the dangers of using legal highs after three teenagers were taken to hospital after using a herbal incense over the weekend.
The teenagers from the Blyth area started vomiting blood after taking Clockwork Orange Herbal Incense.
Officers are now trying to find out where the substance came from.
Three teenagers have been released from hospital and are recovering after taking a legal high. Ambulance staff were called to a house in Blyth on 20th April. Two girls and a boy, all 15 years old, had taken Clockwork Orange Herbal Incense and were vomiting blood.