After collapsing three times Arbroath dad ‘scared son will die from taking legal highs’

An Arbroath dad has told how he fears for his son’s life after the teen was hospitalised three times through using legal highs. Derek Taylor, 51, is scared to let son Andrew, 19, out of the house because the youngster keeps buying legal highs and has collapsed on three occasions.

Each time, Derek has received the nightmare call from medics telling him his son has been rushed to Ninewells Hospital to help him recover. Derek says Andrew used to socialise with Michael McKay, 33, who died earlier this month following a five-month addiction to new psychoactive substances (NPS).

Now Derek is worried that his son will end up having a similar fate.

He said: “It’s three times that he has had to be taken to Ninewells. “It happened twice in about a week and then about six months later it happened again.

“I can’t stop him using legal highs, but you can always tell when he has been, as his nose is red and he’s sniffing a lot. I’m worried he is going to die. It’s on my mind all the time when he goes out with his pals. He’s 19 and if he keeps using them we’re going to put him out.

“We’ve got to the stage now where he has to be home at a certain time otherwise the door will be locked and he won’t get in, because we know what he’s doing. Don’t get me wrong, I love him — but I think it’s a total waste that they have to use an ambulance for him when there’s people out there with serious medical problems.”

Derek, who owns breakdown and recovery service Phone a Tow, says his son buys legal highs from an Angus shop. Now Derek insists action must be taken to shut similar retailers down before it’s too late.

He said: “I’m totally against the shop and the drugs themselves.I think the use of drugs is always wrong unless it’s for genuine medical reasons. The shop needs to be shut down as soon as possible.

And it’s not being used by just a few people. I drive past the shop a lot and there are people going in and out all the time. It’s people of all ages that use it. It’s not just youngsters.”

Source: 30th August 2014

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