Police Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg calls for action against 'legal highs'
Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg has called for action against 'legal highs'.
He spoke out after three people – including a 15-year-old schoolboy – were hospitalised at the weekend after taking the so-called legal highs.
The teenager was taken ill at his home in Torquay, South Devon, after taking Bubble Bud, a substance billed as similar to cannabis which is widely available on the internet. He is understood to be "very ill" in hospital after being admitted on Sunday.
The incident came less than 24 hours after two men were admitted to hospital in Exeter having taken another legal high called El Blanco. Neither is thought to be seriously ill.
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El Blanco is also widely available online, described as a "strong research chemical powder" which "is sure to please". On one website it costs £25 for a gram.
Mr Hogg is urging all sections of the community to join forces to counter the danger posed by an increasing trade in the drugs.
"I wanted to ask the staff in the shop if they actually knew what it was they were selling and how dangerous it is," he said.
"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."
Mr Hogg said he is concerned that another three families in Devon and Cornwall have this weekend experienced near tragedy because a few put making money ahead of keeping others safe.