Sarah Harrison is an advanced paramedic for the North West Ambulance Service and says health workers are seeing an increase in people falling ill after taking legal highs.
Statistics support this, with the number of incidents involving legal highs more than doubling in two years. Due to the complex make-up of these substances, staff are often left playing ‘catch-up’ when it comes to developing effective treatments, says Sarah.
“We have no drugs that counteract the effects of the substances that people are taking, and that’s what’s causing a lot of the problems.
“A lot of the time we are not aware what substance they have taken and what combination, or even what the substance is because they come with different names and different street names.”
Sarah goes on to explain that medical staff like herself just have to treat the medical effects the patient is suffering with at the time.
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