Teenager rushed to hospital after taking "legal high" Black Mamba
A 16-year-old boy was rushed to hospital after taking "legal high" Black Mamba.
The teenager, who lives in Bridlington, collapsed and started fitting after smoking the substance, which the government has recently announced is soon to be reclassified as an illegal Class B drug.
The boy was rushed to the Accident and Emergency Unit at Scarborough Hospital on Wednesday October 31, where he was admitted, put on a drip and monitored for several hours.
He had bought the Black Mamba from a local shop and his family were so concerned about the reaction they contacted Humberside Police.
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Neighbourhood Sergeant Carl Sweeting, said:” The boy's mother rang the police on Thursday 1st November, after she had witnessed her son in a serious condition in hospital. Details were taken from both the teenagers involved and the parents and as a result my team started to investigate if any criminal acts had occurred.
“We have worked closely with Trading Standards and visited the store where the drugs were purchased. The shop which sold the drug to the boys had not done anything illegal at the time, and therefore I want people who use or are considering using legal highs to take note of the dangers of taking an unsafe drug.
“Just because the term ‘legal high’ is used to categorise the type of drug, legal does not mean safe. These drugs are not tested, regulated and we do not necessarily know what the effects will be.
“The Government has recently announced that two legal highs 'Black Mamba' and 'Mexxy' are to be made illegal and become a class B drug shortly.
“Unfortunately the police and other emergency services are being called to incidents more and more where the use of a legal high has been taken and they have had an adverse effect. I am gravely concerned at the further damage continued use of legal highs will cause.”