Warning over risks of 'legal high' Black Mamba after Bridlington teen's collapse
A TEENAGER'S collapse after taking the so-called "legal high" Black Mamba has sparked warnings over the dangerous health risks posed by the drug, which police fear may be rife.
A 16-year-old Bridlington boy collapsed and started to fit after smoking the herb he had been bought from a local store.
The teenager, who had been taking the substance with a friend, was taken to hospital and put on a drip after the collapse.
His parents were so concerned about his condition they alerted police and asked them to make other families aware of the dangers of legal highs.
Sergeant Carl Sweeting said: "The boy's mother didn't know what was going to happen.
"She thought she was going to lose her son. He was on a drip, unconscious and fitting.
"That is very scary for a parent.
"His mother said she didn't want anyone else to go through it."
Police are warning teenagers against dabbling with potentially dangerous legal highs.
Sgt Sweeting said: "Just because the term 'legal high' is used to categorise the type of drug, legal does not mean safe.
"These drugs are not tested or 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."
He said police are "gravely concerned" about the risks posed by the drugs.
Sgt Sweeting said: "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 use will cause."
Because Black Mamba is not an illegal drug, police do not have figures showing just how widespread its use is.
Sgt Sweeting said: "We have no figures for how rife it is.
"My concern is kids will think it's okay because it's a legal high.
"We don't want it to go the same way as M-Cat, which is rife.
"M-Cat is illegal now and Black Mamba is to be made illegal."
Sgt Sweeting said it is against the law to sell Black Mamba to under-18s because it is a noxious substance.
It is understood the 16-year-old was given the drug by a friend.
The boy was released from Scarborough Hospital after treatment.