Ribble Valley girl, 15, collpases after ‘legal high’

The girl took a ‘legal high’ known as ‘Happy Joker’

The girl took a ‘legal high’ known as ‘Happy Joker’

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

WARNINGS have been issued on the dangers of legal highs after a Ribble Valley girl was taken to hospital after collapsing while out with friends.

The 15-year-old was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital on Friday night after taking the legal high known as ‘Happy Joker’.

The Ribblesdale High Sch-ool pupil stayed the night in hospital, and was well enough to return home the following day.

Lancashire Police have war-ned against the ‘unpredictable’ side-effects of the ‘uncontrolled substances’.

The police have also said that ‘clever people’ are mak-ing ‘a lot of money’ by selling drugs under the misnomer legal highs which ‘may in fact pose a risk to people’s health’.

The teenager’s friend, Sofie Cottam, 19, said: “I think people have to learn what it is they are taking, and how it affects your body.

“I don’t agree on any legal drugs, and taking drugs that aren’t for humans is silly.

“I don’t think people really read what stuff like this can do to you, so I think she had an extremely lucky escape. Not enough is being done to educate teenagers on the dangers of legal highs.”

A spokeswoman from Lancashire Police said: “Just because a substance is sold in a shop, or on the internet, as 'legal' does not mean it is legal, or safe and, sadly, there are clever people out there making a lot of money by selling drugs under the misnomer ‘legal highs’ which may, in fact, pose a risk to people’s health.

“The reality is that many of these products either contain controlled substances which are illegal, or uncontrolled substances whose side-effects cannot be predicted.”

PC Justin Brown, from Clitheroe police, said: “This is not for human consumption.

“Please be aware that you do not always know what you are taking.”

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2:12pm Tue 25 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

COLLPASES?
COLLPASES? vicn1956
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3:59pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Bad News Barrett says...

Dont forget the main 'legal high' Its sold in flashy wrapping and advertised as a great time its called Alcohol

It does this great thing that turns you into a complete pratt and best of all the more you have the more your insides stop working properly but this legal high is different cause the government make a nice bundle on it ;)
Dont forget the main 'legal high' Its sold in flashy wrapping and advertised as a great time its called Alcohol It does this great thing that turns you into a complete pratt and best of all the more you have the more your insides stop working properly but this legal high is different cause the government make a nice bundle on it ;) Bad News Barrett
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10:02pm Tue 25 Mar 14

mys says...

15 and out on the town,disgraceful ,where's the parents then? Not enough education on drugs my arse,stupidity more like,if stupid kids/adults want to take drugs I'm sorry but they deserve all they get,unless there drinks spiked then that's a different matter,there's enough warnings out there they need to try listening to them.
15 and out on the town,disgraceful ,where's the parents then? Not enough education on drugs my arse,stupidity more like,if stupid kids/adults want to take drugs I'm sorry but they deserve all they get,unless there drinks spiked then that's a different matter,there's enough warnings out there they need to try listening to them. mys
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