Police warning over so called legal highs

10 Jan 2016 00:40 AM

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Northumbria Police is warning people over the dangers of taking so called legal highs after seven people fell unwell in Newcastle.

This evening (Sunday, January 10) police have attended four incidents in the West End of Newcastle where people have fallen unwell, although it has not been confirmed it is believed some of those involved fell unwell after taking a so called legal high named Exodus, also known as Red-X.

Those involved are men and women aged between 23 and 47.

Officers believe they have identified the source of the substances and are taking immediate action issuing a closure notice on a premises in Fenham under section 76 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Chief Inspector Dave Gould said: "People think these so called legal highs are safe but they are far from it. They contain harmful substances that are not meant for human consumption and can have serious consequences and I would urge anyone who has taken them and feels unwell to seek immediate medical attention.

"Thankfully those involved haven't suffered any serious damage, but that's not to say the use of legal highs can't have a more devastating impact on people's health.

"The use of legal highs is far from harmless. They can cause symptoms ranging from reduced inhibitions, drowsiness, excited or paranoid states, unconsciousness and seizures. These risks are increased if mixed with alcohol or other stimulants and in extreme cases can prove fatal."

Anyone who needs advice on drugs should contact FRANK on 08700 77 6600 or visit

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