Highs legal for not much longer…

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Solihull Trading Standards joined forces with West Midlands Police yesterday (Thursday 21st January) to visit and give advice to premises in the area that sell seemingly innocuous ‘legal highs.’

New Psychoactive Substances (NPSs) have hit the headlines in recent months after a catalogue of tragic deaths resulted from people using them.

The ‘legal’ part will soon be a misnomer, however. Legislation comes into force in April that will make it a criminal offence to sell these substances. As you can see from the pictured packets above, found openly on sale in a Solihull shop, there is NO indication whatsoever as to what you are actually buying. For all you know you could be eating or smoking anything. Would you trust the ‘manufacturer’ of this type of product to sincerely have your health and wellbeing as their primary concern?

The exercise was designed to give advice to retailers about the risks of these products and to provide prior warning about the changes to the law that will follow. It is also hoped that the considerable dangers inherent in using these type of products will be widely publicised.

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Is it worth risking your life for that legal high?

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A warning has been issued by West Midlands Ambulance Service about the ‘legal high’ drug ‘Pandora Reborn’ drug after three men were found collapsed in Worcester.

All three men had smoked the drug. West Midlands Ambulance Service were initially called to the city centre of Worcester and this was followed with another call to a man in the Rainbow Hill area of the city less than 40 minutes later.

At both incidents, the drug packet was found bearing the name ‘Pandora Reborn’ and the words ‘not for human consumption’.

“The men who are in their thirties and forties had all collapsed and had seizure-like symptoms.”

“One of the paramedics who attended the second case described the man as looking ‘like he was having a stroke’. All three were taken by ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman