Police are warning festival goers against taking ‘legal highs’ following the death of a 19-year-old man at the RockNess festival in Scotland this morning.
The man collapsed on Saturday evening in the main area of the RockNess festival and this morning died in hospital. Two more people were also taken ill and are now recovering. Drugs are believed to be involved in all three cases.
The drug suspected is a designer, legal drug called Benzo Fury. The statement from the police said that they believed it to be “in circulation” and “it may be dangerous”. The post mortem results are yet to be done, however, the danger of an uncontrolled substance is still present.
The term legal high does appear to suggest a sense of safety and permission, nevertheless, a spokesperson for the charity Drugscope has addressed the situation, “All you have to do is tweak the chemical formula and it is no longer illegal,” he said. “If people take ecstasy or ketamine they know there is a risk. But because these are marketed as ”legal highs“ they can assume they are therefore safe. The message has to be that they are not.”
Like the meow-meow controversies a couple of years ago, it is very possible that Benzo Fury could be the next modified drug lobbied to become illegal, especially if it is found to be the cause of death for the young festival goer.