BREAKING: Students who fell ill at Hucknall's National Academy may have used legal highs
POLICE believe a herbal-based substance could have been responsible for the illness of ten students at a Notts school.
Officers were called to the National Academy in Hucknall at 2.10pm on Friday, March 8 following reports of of pupils feeling sick and dizzy.
The force has been working with the school to investigate the incident and discover how the pupils obtained the substance.
Sergeant Simon Scales from Ashfield South said: “We have been working to identify the substance and we now believe it to be a herbal-based legal high.
“This is particularly worrying. Using legal highs as recreational drugs carries a number of risks. Users cannot be clear what ingredients are in them and they can cause unpredictable reactions as seen last week at The National Academy.
“Studies suggest a large majority of legal highs contain Class B and C controlled drugs, which means they are not in fact ‘legal’, and can be harmful.
“Sellers of legal highs do not care for the consequences, they simply see it as a way to make easy money. We know that other substances such as caffeine, that is sold in various forms as a legal substance, can cause serious side effects, and even death if misused.”