A North East MEP has warned more people in the region will die as a result of taking so-called 'legal highs' unless there's a clampdown.
Jude Kirton-Darling has raised the issue at the European Parliament. The North East already has the highest rate o fdrug-misuse deaths in Britain.
It comes as Government drugs adviser, Professor Les Iverson, said that a new law to ban legal highs needed to be “improved”.
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Ten people, six from Gateshead have been charged after drugs, believed to be destined for North East communities, were secured by officers.Read the full story ›
Police are warning people of the dangers of taking drugs not prescribed to them after medication was stolen in a South Tyneside burglary.
Between 5.50pm and 11.30pm on Sunday (November 2), medication was stolen during a break-in to a house at Flaunden Close in South Shields.
Stolen items include:
- MIRTAZAPINE - two packs containing 28 30mg tablets
- PHENERGAN - 10mg tablets, quantity unknown
- ALLOPURINOL - 28 300mg tablets
- VASCALPAH - 28 10mg tablets
- LISINOPRIL - 20mg, quantity unknown
- CLOPIDOGREL ZENHIRA - 75mg
In particular, MIRTAZAPINE and PHENERGAN can be dangerous if taken by those it is not prescribed for.
Police are reminding people not to take any medication which is not prescribed for them and if they find any of the stolen drugs they should alert police straight away.
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Police have burned £1 million pounds of drugs on Teesside. The massive haul has been recovered from the area since January 2014.
Cleveland Police have burned £1 million worth of drugs this morning. The haul consisted of drugs recovered on Teesside since January 2014. It was taken to a local incinerator and burned.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Cleveland, Barry Coppinger, attended this morning's drugs raids in Hartlepool, in which four people were arrested. He praised the work of the three forces involved in the operation, which carried out simultaneous raids on Teesside, Merseyside and in Wales.
Four houses in Hartlepool were targeted by police in raids today. Two 29-year-old men, a 36-year-old man and a 33-year-old man were arrested for Conspiracy to Supply Class A and Class B drugs. Two further arrests were made in Wales and two in Liverpool with 3 arrests made from Holme House Prison.
Operation Roderigo started in 2012 to target organised crime. To date, 15 people have been arrested, convicted and are serving in excess of 88 years in prison.
- 5 Kilo’s high purity cocaine with a street value estimated around £1 million
- 100 litres amphetamine oil estimated at £12 million
- 37 kilos cannabis estimated at £55,500
- 80 kilos amphetamine estimated at £800,000
- 12 kilos methamphetamine estimated at £120,000
“The focus of today’s operation is to arrest the key members of this group to dismantle their supply of drugs in this area. These individuals are involved in the production and distribution of Class A and Class B controlled drugs throughout the UK on a massive scale.”
“’This was a well planned and executed operation over a two year period, tackling high-end criminals who are manufacturing as well as supplying illegal drugs. I’m sure residents in Cleveland will join me in congratulating all our officers and staff involved in this operation which sends a very clear signal.”