Northern Ireland

Lurgan: Teenage girls taken to hospital after taking 'legal highs'

Two teenage girls have been taken to hospital by ambulance in County Armagh after they became ill as a result of taking so-called "legal highs".

Paramedics and police responded to the call in Lurgan at 10:45 GMT on Sunday.

Officers in Craigavon said the girls, both aged 17, were believed to have smoked a substance called Salvia.

Insp Colin Patterson warned of the dangers of psychoactive substances. He said that the term 'legal high' was a "misnomer", an inaccurate description.

Two men were also treated by paramedics at the scene in Lurgan, but they did not need hospital treatment.

'Mind altering substances'

In a statement, Insp Patterson said: "Police are aware of the use of 'so called legal highs' throughout Northern Ireland. We would however, contend that the phrase 'legal high' is a misnomer.

"The substances are presented as being legal, but they may contain substances that are harmful to human health."

He said there were "risks involved in taking mind altering substances - whether or not they are legal".

"You can never be sure of exactly what a substance is, what is in it, what possible side-effects it could have or what long term damage it could cause," the inspector added.