Saturday, 22 December 2012

The growth in legal highs and the growing number of fatalities


This quick photo of an article in London's Metro last month highlights the problems found on East Lancashire's streets. The growing menace in the high street of legal highs now totalling some 57 types this year so far. Black Mamba particularly has had press coverage of people who have badly affected by it.

Significantly the number of deaths from legal highs rose between 2009 and 2010 from 5 to 43. The picture it pints is truly shocking and parents must be vigilant to the danger of their children being drawn into using this substances.

I have written to Hyndburn Council and Lancashire County Council Trading Standards to see what can be done to tackle this problem. I have also sought parliamentary answers to the fatality figures for 2011 and 2012.