North East MEP Jonathan Arnott has today renewed calls for further action to tackle ‘legal highs’.
This comes after disturbing reports that emergency services in the West End of Newcastle were called to 90 incidents involving the drugs in less than a week.
Jonathan Arnott said, “It appears that current efforts to take these drugs off the streets are failing and more needs to be done to protect our young people.
“All of the agencies involved, from the police right through to the local council need to coordinate their efforts to really make a difference when it comes to removing these dangerous substances from circulation.”
The number of people using ‘Legal highs’ has surged in recent years, providing a cheap and readily available drug that has dangerous consequences. Seizures, unconsciousness and palpitations are just a few of the harmful side effects noted.