Parents call for 'legal high' ban after Adam Owens' deathThese are external links and will open in a new window. The parents of a teenager from County Down who was found dead have called for a ban on "legal high" drugs. Adam Owens, 17, was discovered on Monday, lying on grass outside a house in Bristol Park in the Westwinds estate, Newtownards. His parents legal high deaths 2015 the drugs transformed him "from legall happy intelligent young man into a suicidal teenager". His father, Carl, and his stepmother, Dawn Carlile, said the drugs changed their son so that "he legal high deaths 2015 care about anything".
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Figures show men in their 20s are most at risk from the controversial substances, which can contain a mixture of different chemicals. The number of Brits killed by legal highs has tripled, shock figures show. In total over a ten-year period from , 76 deaths involving legal highs were recorded in England and Wales, according to new data. The analysis by the Office for National Statistics - which comes as the Government prepares to introduce a crackdown on the drugs - found men in their 20s were most at risk.
Prisoners risking their lives in jail with deadly new drugs game. The average age for deaths involving legal highs is 28, ten years younger than the average for illegal drugs. The youngest person to die after taking a legal high was aged 18, and nine teenagers have died between and Vanessa Fearn, mortality researcher at the ONS, said: Over the same year period there were more than times as many deaths involving heroin or morphine 7, and more than 20 times as many deaths involving cocaine 1, Legal highs - officially referred to as new psychoactive substances - saw an explosion in popularity on the drug scene in around and The first death involving mephedrone occurred in , and deaths continued to rise for several years following the ban, peaking at 22 deaths in , before falling to 12 deaths in , according to the report.
However, it is possible that mephedrone use would have increased and deaths would have been even higher, had it not been banned. A blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of new psychoactive substances is scheduled to be rolled out within weeks, with sellers facing up to seven years in prison.
The measures had been expected to come into force earlier this month but the start date was pushed back. The ONS analysis focused on substances that were not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act on the day the person died, and analysed drug-related deaths cases in which a death certificate mentioned a legal high.
Other drugs or alcohol may also have been mentioned, so the legal high may not have been the primary cause of death in all 76 cases. By Andrew Gregory Political Editor. Deaths from legal highs remains low compared to banned drugs Image: Subscribe to our Daily newsletter Enter email Subscribe.
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