Lincolnshire Warning: Legal high can cause delirium and aggression
Police have issued a warning about a new type of legal high which can cause fits and outbursts of aggression.
Exodus Damnation is on sale over the counter at a number of shops in Lincolnshire.
Trading standards says it is working with police on the issue of legal highs, but their powers to tackle their sale is limited.
Tony McGinty, assistant director for public health, said: “Exodus Damnation is particularly strong, and there is no way of knowing what the long-term effects could be.
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“However, there is evidence that many legal highs cause short-term mental health issues, and Exodus Damnation appears to be at the extreme end of the spectrum.”
Lincolnshire Police have highlighted two cases where people elsewhere in the country have suffered significant side effects after taking Exodus Damnation.
In one, two 17-year-old teenagers took Exodus Damnation and suffered severe symptoms of delirium, damaging their home address and trying to jump from the stairs and out of windows. When restrained, they suffered fits and overheated.
In another incident an 18-year-old man was violent and aggressive and while an ambulance crew were present he bit his father on the face, ripping off his lip and part of his chin.
He also caused extensive damage to the ambulance. The police were called to the scene.
Ian Newell, service manager at Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said: “The use of novel psychoactive substances or ‘legal highs’ can have devastating consequences for individuals and their families, yet many are sold in ‘head shops’ on our high streets or over the internet.
“Unfortunately, the law does not provide a simple way to tackle the growing phenomenon of ‘legal highs’, but we are working together with the Police to share intelligence, confront local businesses and consider more formal tools available to both parties to address community concerns.
“Working together, there have been a number of raids in the city and investigations are ongoing. These will continue into the future, so we are warning businesses that if they supply products that are unsafe or ’misdescribed’ they could face both criminal and civil enforcement action.”
Lincolnshire support charity Addaction is concerned at the rise in young people taking legal highs.
Simon Antrobus, chief executive of Addaction, said: “Addaction is very concerned about the dangers and long- term damage ‘legal highs’ such as Exodus Damnation can cause.
“Just because these drugs are labelled as ‘legal’ it does not mean that they are safe.
“The police are right to issue warnings about these drugs but it is also equally important to provide good quality education and information to help people make the right choices as well as appropriate support when people need it.”