London, Dec 31 (ANI): Many teenagers in UK have been admitted to the hospital after taking dangerous new strains of 'legal highs', it has emerged.
A report compiled by drugs workers in Cambridge revealed teens are suffering serious illnesses from consuming legal drugs called 'Diablo' and 'Eric 3'.
They gained popularity after the Government banned the drug Meow Meow because it had been linked with a series of deaths.
Drug workers from Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (Casus) revealed the stimulant-based drugs have caused sickness among young people and warned they can be as dangerous as cocaine, Ecstasy and speed.
"We have had a report of two new legal highs being used in Cambridge and London. These are called Diablo and Eric 3," the Daily Mail quoted Casus spokeswoman as saying.
"This information has been shared with key community partners working with young people and adults so they are able to direct individuals to the appropriate drug services for advice and support.
"The Casus team would advise that just because a drug is legal to possess, it doesn't mean it is safe.'
'It is becoming increasingly clear that 'legal highs' are far from harmless and can have similar health risks to drugs like cocaine, Ecstasy and speed," said the spokeswoman.
Cllr Geoff Heathcock, Lib Dem health spokesman on Cambridgeshire County Council, said he was 'shocked' by drug use among youngsters.
"I am horrified that more and more of these appalling drugs are awash in the city causing no small amount of problems for the individuals but also putting even more pressure on an already pressurised NHS,' he said.
"Clearly more resources need to be directed to tackling the supply end for these awful drugs and I welcome the preliminary steps that the Home Secretary is taking.
"We must however put more responsibility on parents to know what their children are up to and penalise them too to get messages home," he added. (ANI)