Shocking legal high CCTV footage shows users collapsing in the street after taking drug
Although not illegal, so-called legal highs can produce the same effects as banned drugs like cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis
Harrowing police footage shows the shocking effects of ‘legal highs’, as users collapse in the street after taking stimulants.
In one clip, released by Cheshire Constabulary, a man is seen opening a packet in the Rows in Chester.
He then collapses before being helped into an ambulance, reports Manchester Evening News.
Although not illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, so-called legal highs often produce the same effects as banned drugs like cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis.
One ex-legal high user said: “Legal highs cost me my flat.
“I’d rather spend my hard-earned cash on legal highs, rather than paying my bills or rent.”
“You can never re-create that initial buzz you get from your first hit, so you’re forever chasing the dragon,” they continued.
“What was once a fairly cheap addiction could result in you spending £100’s a week.”
Cheshire police have been cracking down on ‘legal highs’, concerned at the effect on people who take them and the anti-social behaviour which they say often follows.
Three shops in Chester have been handed community protection notices , preventing them from selling the drugs because of the health effects and anti-social behaviour they cause.
After releasing the footage, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “Legal highs are highly dangerous and can have significant health implications for those who use them.
“The emergency services have seen an increase in calls regarding legal highs, and it’s a topic that features often in the media.
“I want to reassure the communities that we’re here for them, when and where they need us.
“I want to stress that the police are taking action against sellers/distributors of legal highs through legislative powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.”