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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Dr Richard Stevenson, Specialty Doctor in Emergency Medicine, has today welcomed the decision by T in the Park organisers to ban legal highs.
He said: “Banning legal highs at T in the Park is great news. The dangers of these products should not be underestimated. It is difficult for clinicians to treat cases of unknown intoxication caused by these products as most are synthetic chemicals that are not easily identifiable with routine body fluid testing.
“There is no known antidote and there is no evidence base in terms of the type and severity of symptoms. However, it is clear that these products pose a number of different risks.
“We need to inform young people of the dangers that these products pose as it is often assumed that because the products are freely available and marketed as a ‘legal high’ that they are therefore relatively safe.
“We would advise people to attend hospital as soon as possible if they experience any illness associated with these chemicals.
“In addition to the physical health risks associated with taking these chemicals we are also now starting to see patients with increased mental illness caused by ‘legal highs’.”
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