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The drug advice charity FRANK defines 'legal highs' as containing chemical substances "which produce similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy".
ITV News Anglia presenter Jonathan Wills spoke to Jeremy Sare from the Angelus foundation, which educates on the risks of using 'legal highs'.
The headteacher of a school in Luton where six children were hospitalised after taking 'legal highs' has written to parents saying he'll make sure all of his students are aware of the dangers they pose.
Three ambulances were called to Lealands High School yesterday after the elven to sixteen year-olds took a legal high before lessons started. They've since been discharged and it's thought they'll make a full recovery.
The headteacher of a school in Luton where six students became "very unwell" has said they are "not certain" of the cause of their symptoms.
Six students at Lealands High School were taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital this morning.
John Burridge, Headteacher, Lealands High School, said: “Before arriving at school six students from different year groups appear to have become very unwell.
"We first became aware of this when one of these students attended the medical room on arrival at school. We immediately contacted the ambulance service and then it emerged that other students were suffering similar symptoms.
"The pupils were taken to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital for further assessment and care.
“At this stage we are not certain of the cause of their symptoms. We have advised all pupils about the incident and have offered support if they have any concerns, however we are not aware that any other students are affected.
“Our absolute primary concern at this stage is the welfare and wellbeing of the students who are now in the hands of medical professionals.”
Six schoolchildren in Luton have been taken to hospital after becoming unwell at the start of school.
Three ambulances were called to Lealands High School in Sundon Park Road in Luton and took the children to the Luton and Dunstable hospital.
The alarm was raised after one student said he was unwell.
A spokesperson for the East of England Ambulance service said they were called to the 11 to 16 year old school at 8.34 this morning.
She said: "Six children have been taken to the Luton and Dunstable hospital in three ambulances. At this stage we don't know what caused them to become ill."
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Six pupils at a school in Luton needed hospital treatment after taking legal highs, police have confirmed.