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Hot Topic for April 2015 Mephedrone: Five people arrested after six teens hospitalised after taking bubble drug

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Mephedrone: Five people arrested after six teens hospitalised after taking bubble drug

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Mephedrone: Five people arrested after six teens hospitalised after taking bubble drug

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Incident: Six teens are ill from taking mephedrone, it is suspected six teenagers are in hospital and one is in a critical condition after taking illegal drugs. Five people have been arrested in connection with the incident and are currently in police custody.

Six of the seven teenagers remained in hospital last night with one in a critical but stable condition. Police believe the teenagers may have taken an illegal substance known as 'bubble'. Just after midnight in the early hours of yesterday morning police were called to an address in Low Fell, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, after a 15-year-old boy was found unconscious, reports the Evening Chronicle. He was taken to hospital for treatment. Another teenager from the address was also taken to hospital. The same evening, five more youngsters were treated by paramedics and taken to hospital after becoming unwell in the MetroCentre area.

Bubble, otherwise known as Mephedrone, is a class b illegal drug that can cause harmful side effects to those who take it.

Police are warning anyone about the dangers of taking illegal drugs and urging anyone who may have taken an illegal drug and feels unwell to seek medical advice immediately. Anyone who needs emergency medical attention should call 999.

For further information and advice in relation to drugs visit www.frank.com or www.hiwecanhelp.co.uk


The Bubble drug is becoming very common in youngsters, if you came across someone who you believe had taken this illegal drug, what action would you take and why?
Extension Activity – If a youngster had been forced by another individual to take this drug, what type of abuse is this? (English Reading and Writing, ICT embedded.)


Following on from the press release, a lady was interviewed about the incident, she said, ‘she would expect this to happen in Gateshead but not in Lowfell.’ This stereotype of area is very common across the whole of the world, can you think of any other stereotypes which are associated with different places in the world?
Extension Activity – in September 2014 the police released statistics around crime rates in England and Wales. Northumbria drug rate was 4,237 people, however Durham had 1,505 cases. What is the percentage of Durham’s rates in relation to Northumbria and why do you think this is so low? (Maths, English Reading and Writing, ICT embedded.)


The Health and Safety Act 1974 covers the duty of every employee while at work. Research another class B drug and identify the affect it would have on a person and potential risks, if the individual operated machinery or was required to remain alert at work at all times.
Extension Activity – If a colleague of yours arrived at work under the influence of drugs, what action would you take and why? (English Reading and Writing, ICT embedded.)

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