It is alleged that so-called ‘Legal Highs’ have claimed their first victim in Arbroath prompting campaigners to call for immediate action.
The Arbroath Against Legal Highs Action Group reported the death of a young man on their Facebook page on Wednesday, allegedly from the misuse of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS).
On behalf of the man’s sister the group had posted a message the previous day warning against the dangers of Legal Highs and describing his critical condition.
The post stated: “I would like to share how ill my brother is due to these so called ‘HIGHS’.
“I’m sure this information can save at least one other person. He has infection of all his heart valves (endocarditis). This infection affects the tissue that lines the inside of the heart chambers.
“The infection usually involves one or more heart valves which are part of the endocardium. It is a serious infection that is life-threatening.
Due to the infection on his heart valves which release vegetation which has spread to his lungs, to which he has Pneumonia.
The other side of his heart pumps blood round his body has been infected as well which is septicaemia (blood poison).”
The man is understood to have also had a heroin addiction.
Derek Wann from Arbroath Against Legal Highs told the Arbroath Herald: “We were saddened to hear of a death of a young man caused by possible misuse of so called ‘Legal Highs’ in our own town, our thoughts are with the grieving family at this time.
“We have tried for eight months now to raise awareness to the dangers of these substances and campaigned tirelessly to stop the sale of these products on our High Streets.
“Our campaign will not cease until legislation has been passed banning NPS from sale in our Country.
“It is time that Government’s and local authorities take notice and stand up to this awful trade before we hear of more deaths.”