Lancaster University students are ‘lucky to be alive’ after drugs scare

Campus: The students affected are all at Lancaster University
Campus: The students affected are all at Lancaster University
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Five students who ended up in hospital after taking an unknown substance are lucky to be alive, say police.

The group, all 19-year-old scholars at Lancaster University, were treated at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary after they are believed to have taken a synthetic cannabis-type substance on Wednesday.

Thankfully these young men do not appear to have suffered any long-lasting effects but they were very ill and the outcome could have been very different

Three were released on Thursday and two, who were critical at the time, are now said to be improving.

They are thought to have taken a new psychoactive substance, sometimes referred to as ‘legal highs’,

Supt Peter Lawson from Lancashire Police said: “All our enquiries lead us to believe that this was an isolated incident confined to these five individuals and that no others are involved or have been affected.

“Thankfully these young men do not appear to have suffered any long-lasting effects but they were very ill and the outcome could have been very different. Our advice on new psychoactive substance remains that people should not take them as they will have no idea what they contain.”

Meanwhile students at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston are being offered help and advice to get them through exam stress.

A spokesman said: “We fully understand the pressures on students and staff during the busy exam period. At UCLan we work together with the Students’ Union to offer a wide variety of services to help people cope with the stressful demands at this time. Specialist workshops, online resources and counselling are readily available to both staff and students and the SU’s two-week ‘Stressed Out Students’ campaign enabled them to de-stress with massages, an inflatable assault course and the very popular puppy room.”