‘Legal highs destroying young people’

Group pictured at the launch of the 'We Don't Take Drugs. . . Drugs Take Us! banner at Free Derry Corner. The initiative, led by Divert Project, Dove House in partnership with Legal High Awareness, saw local politicians, youth groups, community groups and schools take part in the launch.

Group pictured at the launch of the 'We Don't Take Drugs. . . Drugs Take Us! banner at Free Derry Corner. The initiative, led by Divert Project, Dove House in partnership with Legal High Awareness, saw local politicians, youth groups, community groups and schools take part in the launch.

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The mental health of countless young Derry people is being “destroyed” by both legal and illegal drugs, those working at the coalface have warned.

These include one young Derry youth trying to eat the carpet because he was so out of his head on drugs, and a local girl who had to be sectioned by her doctor and will need life-long mental health care after her first ecstasy tablet led to a psychotic breakdown.

Other episodes include youths being found on the brink of suicide after taking so-called‘legal highs’.

The shocking toll of legal highs on families across the city and region was laid bare at a conference held in the Tower Hotel in Derry which launched a new all-Ireland group, the United Communities Against Drugs (UCAD), and conference sponsored by the International Fund for Ireland and the Time2Choose Project.

Among the speakers were two mothers from Derry and Donegal who have called for laws to be changed in the north 
and Britain after their young sons died as a direct result of taking the widely available psychoactive substances or ‘legal highs’, which are now banned south of 
the border.

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