So-called 'legal highs' having devastating impact on young people - McLaughlin
Sinn Féin MLA Maeve McLaughlin has said so called-legal highs are having a devastating impact on young people.
The chair of the Assembly's health committee said;
"I asked Health Minister Simon Hamilton for a breakdown of the number of under 18s presenting for treatment after taking psychoactive substances or so-called legal highs.
"While it is clear these substance are having a devastating impact on communities across the North, I was shocked that 27 young people were treated for the effects of these drugs in the Western Trust area between 2011 and 2014.
"The fact that teenagers are using these potentially deadly substances will be very worrying for parents and guardians.
"Robust legislation is needed as a matter of urgency to remove these psychoactive substances for sale, both in shops and online, so that more young people do not end up in hospital or worse."