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Legal highs warning after teenage girls rushed to A&E

Police in Newry have issued a warning to parents to be aware of where their children are and who they are mixing with after two young teenage girls were rushed to Daisy Hill Hospital last Tuesday evening after taking a legal high known as “Trippy Weed.”  The substance is thought to be a synthetic form of cannabis which mimics the effect of the real drug.

Police were quick to reveal the emergency on the PSNI Newry and Mourne Facebook page on Tuesday night and to warn parents and children to be aware of the dangers of legal highs.

Warning that the pair’s decision to dabble in a so called “legal high” known as Trippy Weed, “only got them to A&E where they are recovering from the effects of this muck,” police asked “If you know where the kids are buying these things, tell us!”

They also disclosed that they have been proactively targeting Newry Bus Station in recent weeks following complaints about anti social behaviour and suspected “dealing” and pledged to “robustly tackle the issues.”

SDLP Newry Councillor Kevin McAteer said the incident was very concerning and warned of the dangers of legal highs. He urged the public, “particularly young people who may feel peer pressure” not to indulge in them.

“I am glad to hear that the two girls involved are recovering from this ordeal,” said Councillor McAteer.

“I believe that more should be done to tackle young people’s attitudes towards legal highs, and the effects that they can have.

“I urge anyone with any information on the distribution of these legal highs to inform the PSNI. We as a community need to do whatever it takes to protect our children from legal highs as this situation shows they are extremely dangerous.”