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14/01/2013

Mark Jordan investigates the surge in untested and sometimes deadly chemicals being sold legally on the streets of London and bought by teenagers to get high. Wendy Hurrell finds out how new businesses are using the latest phenomenon of crowd funding to raise money. And we follow a unique scheme that's helping the homeless and long-term unemployed find work.

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29 minutes

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Mon 14 Jan 2013 19:30
BBC One London

Legal highs

Legal highs

Deaths linked to legal highs may just be the first signs of the damage they do, according to a medical expert.

 

But Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, founder of the Club Drug Clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, said: "We may just be seeing the tip of the iceberg."

 

A BBC investigation revealed untested chemicals were being sold in London.

 

Read the full report on the BBC News website.

Legal high deaths 'tip of iceberg'

Legal high deaths 'tip of iceberg'

Deaths linked to legal highs may just be the first signs of the damage they do, according to a medical expert.

 

In total 43 people in the UK died after taking now-outlawed methcathinones in 2010, the National Programme on Substance Abuse Deaths said.

 

This compared with five deaths in 2009, its report said.

 

Watch a video feature on the BBC News website.

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterMatthew Wright
ReporterMark Jordan
ReporterWendy Hurrell
Series ProducerAndy Richards

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