More deaths ‘down to banned highs’
More young people are dying from recently outlawed legal highs in Northern Ireland, a coroner said.
A newly-banned substance with traits similar to ecstasy caused the death of unemployed joiner Declan Davidson, in Co Armagh, an inquest heard.
The victim, 41, was found collapsed in his kitchen in Bessbrook last autumn after a drink and drug-fuelled party.
Coroner Jim Kitson said: "Coroners have seen more examples of young people dying suddenly at the hands of these substances."
He told the Newry inquest: "The scourge of drug abuse is an ever-increasing problem in Northern Ireland."
Source: Belfast Telegraph, 11/04/13