Legal high drug Ivory Wave has produced symptoms “much worse” than banned drug mephedrone, a cardiologist warns.
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Six people were admitted to hospital in Cumbria last week after suspected use of the legal substance.
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust said that many of those treated at West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven were suffering with extreme agitation as well as visual and auditory hallucinations.
In the most severe cases, patients were taken to the critical care unit and placed under cardiac monitoring for up to 12 hours.
The trust revealed that in one case it took four porters to restrain a young woman thought to have taken the party drug.
A 17-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm after he allegedly assaulted a man who worked at the hospital.
Another five people thought to have taken Ivory Wave were brought into the same hospital at the weekend but were later allowed home.
Last week Dr Kate Wilmer, consultant cardiologist at West Cumberland Hospital, described the symptoms as “much worse” than the effects of the banned drug mephedrone.
She said: “People are coming into the hospital in an extremely agitated state with acute paranoid psychosis. If you try to give them anything to help them, they are convinced you are trying to harm them so we have had to completely knock out two or three of them in order to treat them.
“All have had a very fast heart rate so we have been monitoring them in the critical care unit for about 12 hours. The drugs are getting out of their system but it is taking two to three days for the agitation and psychosis to wear off.”