Emergency services rush to Pembroke School as pupils fall ill after 'legal high' use

Western Telegraph: Emergency services rush to Pembroke School as pupils fall ill after 'legal high' use Emergency services rush to Pembroke School as pupils fall ill after 'legal high' use

A number of pupils who fell ill at Pembroke School this afternoon are understood to have been in contact with 'legal high' substances, the Western Telegraph has learned.

Four emergency ambulances and the Air Ambulance had been called to the site.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson told the Western Telegraph: “At approximately 14:07 this afternoon, the ambulance service informed Dyfed-Powys Police of an incident they were dealing with at Pembroke Comprehensive School, where a group of pupils had become unwell.

"Officers attended the scene and established that a number of pupils were affected – some were treated at the scene and released, but others were conveyed to A&E in Withybush as a precaution.

"Air ambulance also attended as a precaution. None are believed to be in a life threatening condition.

"Enquiries have commenced into the circumstances, but early indications are that the group may have reacted to a type of legal high.”

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman said: “The school has launched their own investigation into the incident.”

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “Some pupils were treated at the scene whilst seven pupils have been conveyed to Withybush Hospital for a further check-up but none are believed to be in a life-threatening condition.”

“Though the cause is yet to be confirmed, it is believed the pupils may have reacted to an unknown substance.”

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7:15am Thu 15 May 14

Electra1 says...

Meanwhile some one with a brain haemorrhage lies waiting (I am being sarcastic).
Meanwhile some one with a brain haemorrhage lies waiting (I am being sarcastic). Electra1
  • Score: -6

1:36pm Thu 15 May 14

Bilbo101 says...

A year or so ago my 16 yr old son and his friend both ended up in A&E after taking some "legal high" which they bought from a shop in Haverfordwest. My son was in a bad way for a while and had severe breathing difficulties. They both though it would be safe as it was bought from a shop!

These cheap designer drugs are manufactured in places like China and India and are labelled as substances such as plant food and contain the notice "Not for human consumption" in order to get round the drug laws, yet they are clearly sold in shops that specialise in selling drug paraphernalia. As one is band and made illegal it is renamed and repackaged and sold again legally.

These legal highs are very dangerous and the only way we are ever going to reduce the harm recreational drugs do to the community is to legalise and regulate them. Young people are always going to experiment and it would be far better if the substances they were taking were regulated and tested and met strict quality control guidelines, that way people would know what they are taking and the risks involved. At the moment the situation is that it is so easy to buy these cheap imported chemicals either in a high street shop or over the internet and the law is always going to be playing catch-up.

The world is finally waking up to the fact that prohibition does not work. As a result we are starting to see countries and states across the world decriminalising drugs with generally positive effects in the health of drug users, the reduction in drug related deaths, and a massive reduction in crime as drug addicts no longer need to steal in order to fund their habit.

Once drugs are decriminalised and people with drug addictions are classed as "medically ill" then their addiction and health can be monitored and managed by those that should be doing the job, the doctors and not the police and courts.

People are always going to take drugs, criminalising has never worked in helping to reduce drug abuse it just makes it illegal. If they were de-criminalised then the drugs can be made safer and taxed by the government instead of all the profits going to organised criminals, and the tax proceeds can be used to fund the NHS and treatment centres to help people with drug issues.
A year or so ago my 16 yr old son and his friend both ended up in A&E after taking some "legal high" which they bought from a shop in Haverfordwest. My son was in a bad way for a while and had severe breathing difficulties. They both though it would be safe as it was bought from a shop! These cheap designer drugs are manufactured in places like China and India and are labelled as substances such as plant food and contain the notice "Not for human consumption" in order to get round the drug laws, yet they are clearly sold in shops that specialise in selling drug paraphernalia. As one is band and made illegal it is renamed and repackaged and sold again legally. These legal highs are very dangerous and the only way we are ever going to reduce the harm recreational drugs do to the community is to legalise and regulate them. Young people are always going to experiment and it would be far better if the substances they were taking were regulated and tested and met strict quality control guidelines, that way people would know what they are taking and the risks involved. At the moment the situation is that it is so easy to buy these cheap imported chemicals either in a high street shop or over the internet and the law is always going to be playing catch-up. The world is finally waking up to the fact that prohibition does not work. As a result we are starting to see countries and states across the world decriminalising drugs with generally positive effects in the health of drug users, the reduction in drug related deaths, and a massive reduction in crime as drug addicts no longer need to steal in order to fund their habit. Once drugs are decriminalised and people with drug addictions are classed as "medically ill" then their addiction and health can be monitored and managed by those that should be doing the job, the doctors and not the police and courts. People are always going to take drugs, criminalising has never worked in helping to reduce drug abuse it just makes it illegal. If they were de-criminalised then the drugs can be made safer and taxed by the government instead of all the profits going to organised criminals, and the tax proceeds can be used to fund the NHS and treatment centres to help people with drug issues. Bilbo101
  • Score: 5

4:50pm Thu 15 May 14

Hyper-injunctions says...

Well said bilbo. Pity all the school is saying is 'disciplinary!'
Well said bilbo. Pity all the school is saying is 'disciplinary!' Hyper-injunctions
  • Score: -2

4:32pm Sat 17 May 14

Tttoommy says...

Can the sKool discipline kids for taking legal drugs?

Anyone been disciplined for drinking Cola,Red Bull or taking their asthma or hay fever drugs ?

OR are they trying to be SEEN to do something - so much easier than actually doing something useful!

it's rather like many schools having an "anti- bullying" charter or some such silly name BUT they really don't want to take a parents complaint as a complaint - just a chat or a concern so they don't have to tick that "bullying" box
Can the sKool discipline kids for taking legal drugs? Anyone been disciplined for drinking Cola,Red Bull or taking their asthma or hay fever drugs ? OR are they trying to be SEEN to do something - so much easier than actually doing something useful! it's rather like many schools having an "anti- bullying" charter or some such silly name BUT they really don't want to take a parents complaint as a complaint - just a chat or a concern so they don't have to tick that "bullying" box Tttoommy
  • Score: -2

8:58am Sun 18 May 14

Tttoommy says...

PS Good to see the sKool has the English first on their signs above the "lesser" Welsh - PCC guidelines as opposed to Senedd guidelines ?
PS Good to see the sKool has the English first on their signs above the "lesser" Welsh - PCC guidelines as opposed to Senedd guidelines ? Tttoommy
  • Score: -8

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