Three men collapse after taking legal highs in Northants

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Police and health bosses have issued another warning about legal highs after three men collapsed after taking them in the county.

Three men were found collapsed outside a night club in Northampton town centre last weekend and were taken to hospital after taking what is believed to have been a substance identified as a legal high.

All the men are recovering but the county councillor responsible for public health and wellbeing said he had serious concerns about the availability and use of new psychotropic drugs.

Cllr Robin Brown said: “The very term ‘legal highs’ could lull people into thinking that these substances are safe and regulated.

“The reality is that there has been very little useful research into their short, medium and long-term effects, both mentally and physically.

“The bottom line is they are not safe.

“I would urge anybody who uses them or is considering using them to get some impartial advice so they can understand the risks they are taking.

“Please visit the NHS Choices website or talk to the people at drugs-counselling agency CAN if you’re under-18, and social health and care charity CRI if you’re an adult.”

CAN’s young peoples team can be contacted on 08450 556246 or ypadmin@can.org.uk. CRI can be contacted on 0845 0344549 or northants@cri.org.uk.