Police warn over 'Magic Dragon' legal high sold in Blackburn

A WARNING has been issued to young people dabbling with the latest in legal highs – which have similar side effects to drugs like cocaine.

Police said they were con- cerned about the ‘emerging market’ for the latest in untested ‘drugs’ being sold to children as young as 13.

The new legal high of choice in Blackburn is now ‘Magic Dragon’, a substance clearly marked as unsuitable for human consumption, but sold legally in the UK as incense.

One Blackburn shop owner said he had become so concerned about the issue of young people taking legal highs he had agreed to implement an over 25’s policy on his legal highs.

Sadjay Asal, 41, who runs Smokers World, in Higher Church Street, Blackburn, said: “I have voluntarily implemented an over-25’s sale policy two weeks ago. There is definitely an issue with young teenagers mis-using legal highs.

“I have heard there have been a number of incidents recently with older siblings buying legal highs for younger children and then they have overdone it and become ill. I have 13 or 14-year- olds coming in here on a daily basis trying to buy Magic Dragon.”

Blackburn Inspector Ian Whitehead is urging young people to think of the cons-equences before experimenting with so called ‘legal highs’. He said: “While the use of legal highs is a national issue, there is an emerging market locally in Blackburn. “I think there needs to be more education about the fact these drugs are not test-ed, or controlled.

“Some of these drugs can have very serious side effects similar to some of the illegal hard drugs around.

“We are working with a number of local retailers to try and make sure the sales of these drugs are carried out responsibly.”

Up until recently, drugs known as ‘Black Mamba’ and ‘Annihilation’ have legally been sold and used in Blackburn and Hyndburn.

But, following concerns about the potential lethal side effects, the Home Office last month reclass-ified the substances as Class B drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

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3:58pm Sat 23 Mar 13

phil kernot says...

Oh Vanessa (,legal crime reporter)
you need to get your facts rite there is no such thing as a legal high when it says not for human consumption on the packet , if people like you stopped calling them legal highs il educated people wouldn't , take them you need to be very carfull how you phrase your story , because people believe wot thay read ( god knows why ) politicians wont step in and an them as there weak and have no back bone ain't that right jack
Oh Vanessa (,legal crime reporter) you need to get your facts rite there is no such thing as a legal high when it says not for human consumption on the packet , if people like you stopped calling them legal highs il educated people wouldn't , take them you need to be very carfull how you phrase your story , because people believe wot thay read ( god knows why ) politicians wont step in and an them as there weak and have no back bone ain't that right jack phil kernot

4:14pm Sat 23 Mar 13

Mister Red says...

Just because something is marked as "unsuitable for human consumption",it does not make it illegal.If people are stupid enough to try them then it is their look out.
If there person selling them was so bothered about his customers' health,then he would stop selling it.
But, he must be making money from it, so will not.
Just because something is marked as "unsuitable for human consumption",it does not make it illegal.If people are stupid enough to try them then it is their look out. If there person selling them was so bothered about his customers' health,then he would stop selling it. But, he must be making money from it, so will not. Mister Red

4:39pm Sat 23 Mar 13

Chris P Bacon says...

phil kernot wrote:
Oh Vanessa (,legal crime reporter)
you need to get your facts rite there is no such thing as a legal high when it says not for human consumption on the packet , if people like you stopped calling them legal highs il educated people wouldn't , take them you need to be very carfull how you phrase your story , because people believe wot thay read ( god knows why ) politicians wont step in and an them as there weak and have no back bone ain't that right jack
You need to get your facts right before steaming in to the debate. Britannic law has it that in this country, unless something is expressly determined as illegal, then it is ipso-facto, legal. And as there is no legislation criminalising this particular family of pharmaceutical, it remains legal.

Basically, this drug may turn out to be the best narcotic ever invented, but equally, it may well be deadly or extremely damaging to a person's health. Anyone stupid enough to actually pay money to be a guinea-pig in this long-term medical trial deserves what's in the post.
[quote][p][bold]phil kernot[/bold] wrote: Oh Vanessa (,legal crime reporter) you need to get your facts rite there is no such thing as a legal high when it says not for human consumption on the packet , if people like you stopped calling them legal highs il educated people wouldn't , take them you need to be very carfull how you phrase your story , because people believe wot thay read ( god knows why ) politicians wont step in and an them as there weak and have no back bone ain't that right jack[/p][/quote]You need to get your facts right before steaming in to the debate. Britannic law has it that in this country, unless something is expressly determined as illegal, then it is ipso-facto, legal. And as there is no legislation criminalising this particular family of pharmaceutical, it remains legal. Basically, this drug may turn out to be the best narcotic ever invented, but equally, it may well be deadly or extremely damaging to a person's health. Anyone stupid enough to actually pay money to be a guinea-pig in this long-term medical trial deserves what's in the post. Chris P Bacon

10:08am Sun 24 Mar 13

thermio says...

When we were kids everyone knew where to go to buy cigarettes, booze, lighter fluid, glue.
Mr Sadjay Asal is just following local tradition.
When we were kids everyone knew where to go to buy cigarettes, booze, lighter fluid, glue. Mr Sadjay Asal is just following local tradition. thermio

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