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Thursday, 02 July 2015

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Barrow mum’s agony after son buys legal highs online

A BARROW mum is “deeply concerned” after her adult son purchased hundreds of pounds worth of legal highs online using her bank card.

A regular buyer of the drugs, he purchased nearly £200 online using his mother’s details because he could not afford to keep up the habit.

The Barrow mum, who wishes to stay anonymous to protect her son, found the pills when the package came through her door last week.

She said: “I’m deeply concerned for his health. He started taking them because he suffers with depression and he thought they were making him better. They weren’t and I watched his health deteriorating. I was helpless, I didn’t know what to do.”

The woman said her son has been self-medicating with the legal highs but has refused to take medication to treat his depression, saying it makes him feel like a “zombie”.

He has recently been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder which his mother believes developed as a result of his habit.

He has been in hospital as a result of taking the substances and she is scared the drugs will eventually claim his life.

She said: “You never know when you’re going to get that knock on the door to say he’s dead. He’s been in the emergency room unconscious with his heart racing at 180 at rest and they had to put a tube down his throat to help him breathe.”

The woman has called for a ban on the purchase of legal highs online.

“I don’t think buying drugs online should be legal,” she said.

“Doctors have said to me it’s worse than taking illegal drugs because they don’t know what is in legal highs so don’t know how to treat them.”

She handed the drugs to Barrow MP John Woodcock who passed them on to police for testing.

Mr Woodcock said: “It’s alarming both as an MP and as a parent how easy they can be bought and how dangerous they could be. We need to do more to protect our young people. Sometimes we hear the word legal and we think it means safe, but that can be far from the truth.”

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