Tony Hogg, the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner, has called for action on 'legal highs' after three teenagers were hospitalised in Devon over the weekend - two in Exeter and one in Torquay.
Mr Hogg says he wants to work with other leaders to introduce new legislation. He wants the drugs to be removed from the high street, and retailers held responsible for any harm their substances cause.
Mr Hogg has already confronted staff at a 'head shop' in Barnstaple where the drugs were being sold.
I wanted to ask the staff in the shop if they actually knew what it was they were selling and how dangerous it is. Not surprisingly I didn’t get a very favourable response, but I am determined that the subject of legal highs needs to be brought to the top of the agenda before someone actually dies after taking one of these chemicals.
The Police and Crime Commissioner of Devon and Cornwall has defended his staffing levels after a Select Committee report revealed the force area has more PCC staff than many other counties. It is six months since Tony Hogg was elected.