THE PSNI has revealed that concerned parents in Strabane have discovered their children in possession of ‘legal high’ drugs.
The drugs are substances that mimic the effects of controlled drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis.
Although they are not illegal they have similar negative side effects such as breathing difficulties, heart palpitations, paranoia, psychosis, hallucinations, seizures, comas and even death.
The PSNI in Strabane say: “Don’t take chances with these drugs.
“These substances can take the form of powders, pills and herbal materials and look similar to the controlled drugs that they mimic.
“By labelling them “not for human consumption” or marketing them as “research chemicals” or “bath salts”, businesses are not breaking the law, provided they don’t sell to under-18s or tell buyers how to take them.
“They are not covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act as their chemical structure has been slightly altered.
“This makes them very dangerous as it is impossible to predict the side effects or long term health risks that they may cause.
“There are many different legal highs on the market, sold in ‘headshops’ and over the internet.
“Examples include ‘Benzo Fury, Annihilation, Black Mamba, Gogaine, Herbal Haze and many more…
“We have been able to give advice and support to the parents who have contacted us and would appeal to other parents who find themselves in a similar position to ask for help and advice.”