Published: 13:00, 18 February 2014 |
Updated: 17:50, 14 July 2014
Legal highs have the power to kill, cause heart attacks or serious injury... yet they undergo fewer tests than a tin of baked beans. Kent has more legal high shops than any other county in the UK. Reporter Kiran Kaur finds out why.
Is your child dicing with death by experimenting with drugs that can be bought over the counter... but can kill in an instant?
We call for a crackdown on the drugs that can snub out a life, but are readily used by youngsters around the county.
A mum says she is frightened of losing her children to a cocktail of legal highs.
The teenagers, aged 14 and 15, have been taking the substances on a weekly basis since last August.
A businessman says he has quit plans to sell legal highs at a new shop following an angry backlash from people in the town.
Harry Francis will no longer consider selling the controversial herbal products after receiving threats.
Every secondary school pupil in one Kent town is to be warned by police of the potentially fatal dangers of dabbling in so-called legal highs.
It comes after three teenage girls from the town were left needing hospital treatment after taking legal highs.
Kent has more shops selling legal highs than any other county in the UK, it's claimed.
Only Greater London has a higher number of so-called head shops than Kent, according to research by the Angelus Foundation.
A mother who claims she lost her son to legal highs is this week launching a website warning others of the dangers of the lawful 'drugs'.
Karen Audino spoke out because she believes her 20-year-old son Jimmy Guichard died after taking synthetic cannabis.
A tin of beans undergoes more tests than drugs that could land users in intensive care.
That is from a key charity worker who believes education on legal highs could help crack down on a menace that has claimed lives in Kent.
Canterbury MP Julian Brazier has called on the government to take a tougher stance against the selling of legal highs by widening legislation.
The politician has written to Home Office minister Norman Baker and has asked him to consider widening legislation to tackle so-called head shops.
A zero tolerance attitude towards legal highs in nightclubs could help crack down on the use of all drugs on nights out.
That is from a Maidstone bar which has a blanket ban on legal highs to avoid confusion between substances that are on either side of the law.
A Kent college is leading the fight against legal highs which can potentially kill in an instant.
It follows the heart attack of former Canterbury College student Matt Ford, who nearly died after taking the drugs.
A traumatised teenager was just minutes from death after suffering a heart attack sparked by a legal high he took in his bedroom.
Canterbury College student Matt Ford, 17, lost consciousness and was foaming at the mouth after smoking Exodus Damnation – a herbal incense.
A Kent MP hopes shops selling legal highs will quickly close - if the government supports his new idea to prevent their sale.
Julian Brazier, MP for Canterbury and Whitstable, says civil injunctions should be introduced to stop shops from selling the chemicals.
One death from legal highs is too many.
That is from government minister Norman Baker, after he accepted our campaign on legal highs as part of a wide-reaching review.
Widespread raids have been carried out across the county today at shops suspected of selling legal highs.
The full toll of 'legal highs' packets seized in raids has now been released - with nearly 1,900 discovered in shops allegedly selling the substances in Kent.
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