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Police warn about legal high dangers

Dated: 06 May 2014

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Northumbria Police is giving a further warning around the dangers of legal highs.

It follows an incident in Sunderland when a 30-year-old man was taken to hospital after consuming Rapture herbal incense.

The man was spotted by a passer-by on Wearmouth Bridge, on Saturday, May 3, who became concerned for his safety due to his heavily intoxicated state.

Officers attended the scene along with the ambulance service and the man was taken to hospital where he received treatment before being released.

Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: "People need to be aware of the dangers of these substances.

"These are sold as a herbal incense only and should never be consumed.

"As proven in this case, the person didn't only require hospital treatment because of the effects of the drug on his health, but he also put himself in a vulnerable position where he could have caused himself injury or worse."

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