Police in Northumbria, Newcastle released a video where some men looked 'zombified' in the streets due to 'legal highs.' The video showed some of them collapsing, fighting and stumbling on the streets after taking the drug.
The Northumbria police have already warned the legal high users that they will be actively pursued.
"I have been a determined campaigner on this issue, calling for the government to take firm action against those who make these products and those who sell them," said Vera Baird, police and crime commissioner at North Devon, Newcastle.
Baird added that a crackdown has resulted to a 51.7 percent decline of calls related to legal high use, while North East Ambulance Service calls resulted to a decrease of 63.1 percent.
The video was published on YouTube and is now gaining more than 30,000 views.
What Are Legal Highs
Legal highs are controlled drugs by the government which has the same effect of illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine. Some of the names known to legal highs are club drugs, new psychoactive substance (NPS), Mary Jane, Clockwork Orange, Bliss and Spice. The last four names can be highly inaccurate, officials warn.
It has three categories, namely sedatives or downers, stimulants and hallucinogens.
Sale And Distribution Of Legal Highs
The sale of these drugs is controlled by legislation, but some of it is still possessed legally. Health officials placed an emphasis on the "legal", but do not represent the availability for safe human consumption.
The packaging of these substances typically states "not for human consumption" and commonly seen in the packaging of plant foods and incense.
Risks Of Taking Legal Highs
"Legal highs can carry serious health risks," said a spokesman for the National Health Service (NHS).
Legal highs can cause:
NHS added that the substances present in legal highs are not yet tested for human consumption, so the effects are also unknown.
Getting Medical Help
"Most problems with short-term use of legal highs will settle after you stop taking them," said NHS spokesperson.
The negative effects of legal highs will be just the same of those amphetamines and cocaine. It will eventually wear off after a few days, added NHS. However, if negative reactions persist after taking fluids and getting fresh air, one should contact the nearest hospital in the area.