A TEENAGER from Torquay is seriously ill in Torbay Hospital after taking a legal high drug.
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Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg has called for action against 'legal highs' after the 15-year-old and two others were hospitalised at the weekend after taking the so-called legal highs.
The Torquay teenager was taken ill at his home after taking Bubble Bud, a substance billed as similar to cannabis which is widely available on the internet.
Today police confirmed that he is still 'very seriously ill' in hospital after being admitted on Sunday.
Bubble Bud is sold on the internet where it is advertised as a legal mixture of herbs which can be smoked or inhaled using a water-filtered pipe.
The incident came less than 24 hours after two men were admitted to hospital in Exeter having taken another legal high called El Blanco. Neither is thought to be seriously ill.Mr Hogg was today meeting Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer to urge all sections of the community to join forces to counter the danger posed by an increasing trade in the drugs.Last week Mr Hogg visited a 'head shop' in north Devon which sells legal highs.
"I wanted to ask the staff in the shop if they actually knew what it was they were selling and how dangerous it is," he said."Not surprisingly I didn't get a very favourable response, but I am determined that the subject of legal highs needs to be brought to the top of the agenda before someone actually dies after taking one of these chemicals."Mr Hogg said he is concerned that another three families in Devon and Cornwall have this weekend experienced near tragedy because a few people put making money ahead of keeping others safe.