New video shows impact of taking ‘only one drag’ of Spice

This video shows a man writhing on the ground in the city centre after allegedly having ‘only one drag’ of Spice.  The footage, filmed at some point last week, has been released by Nottingham City Council.  It comes just days after the city’s community protection officers were “overwhelmed" by the number of people needing medical attention after allegedly taking Black Mamba and Spice.

he Post has previously reported that paramedics are being called up to five times a day to drug users “zombied" on the streets of Nottingham after taking Spice or Black Mamba.

And in August a 37-year-old man died after taking Black Mamba.

Councillor Toby Neal, portfolio holder for community and customer service at Nottingham City Council, wants the Home Office to help cities crackdown on the “worrying increase" in the number of incidents of people using the drugs.

He said: “It’s a concern in terms of the health impacts for users as well as the impact on our communities, residents and visitors.

“There’s a limit to what we can do within existing legislation – what’s needed is some leadership from Government on a problem that is beginning to have a big impact on all cities. Cities need to be able to work together with the Home Office because we can’t do it on our own.

“Criminal action is only one part of the solution, but the legislation which covers these drugs is ineffective and needs to be reviewed to take into account the impacts they are having."

East Midlands Ambulance Service, which was called out to a record high 15 “zombied" drug users in one weekend in July, has previously warned against the use of the drugs.

Wendy Hazard, ambulance operations manager for Nottinghamshire, said: “These drugs are dangerous and often contain harmful chemicals which can put lives at risk.

A Home Office spokesman said: “We recognise how dangerous synthetic cannabinoids, such as those found in spice and black mamba, can be and the devastating impact that they can have on communities, families and the individuals taking them.

“That is why we acted to ban these so-called legal highs under the Misuse of Drugs Act and give the police the powers they need to take action, including making possession illegal and delivering longer sentences for dealers.

“Our new drug strategy has placed recovery and protecting the vulnerable at its heart – supporting people though treatment while tackling the supply of illegal drugs.”

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