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By mixing herbs young people in the clinic

By mixing herbs young people in the clinic

Herbal mixture smoked - adolescents in the hospital
17.11.2013

For two teenagers from the Franconian town of Bad Neustadt, smoking a herbal mixture ended in the hospital on Friday. They had ordered the mixture online and almost collapsed after consuming it.

Herb mixture ordered on the Internet Smoking a herb mixture was doomed to two young people in Franconian Bad Neustadt on Friday evening. The two young people, 17 and 18 years old, had apparently ordered a suitcase with a mixture of herbs and the associated smoking device on the Internet. After consuming the mixture on Friday, they suddenly felt very bad.

Brought to the hospital by the ambulance service. One of the two teenagers was still able to call his father by cell phone. Since there was a suspicion that the two could possibly be passed out, the fire brigade also approached. But the two were able to open the door independently and were treated by an emergency doctor on site. Afterwards, they were taken to hospital by the emergency services as emergencies.

Dangerous for first-time users in particular The local police headquarters takes this as an opportunity to expressly warn against the consumption of the various herbal mixtures offered on the Internet. The often unforeseeable health consequences can be extremely dangerous, especially for first-time users. The police in Bad Neustadt are now investigating the two youngsters on suspicion of violating the Narcotics Act.

Problem of German drug policy Many of the herbal mixtures available both on the Internet or in specialist shops are not covered by the Narcotics Act. Therefore, this case also points to a problem in German drug policy. The growing spread of questionable herbal mixtures is directly related to the ban on cannabis that is still being maintained. However, substances are brought onto the market that have a far more devastating effect on the health of consumers, just to preserve the legal appearance. There is hardly any educational work in this direction. One of the few exceptions is the website ("Drugcom.de") of the Federal Center for Health Education (BzgA), which provides information about the effects and risks of the new drugs. (ad)

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