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Legal Highs On Sale Next To Kids' Sweets

Saturday August 24 2013


Legal high on sale at Shell Legal high on sale at Shell


LEGAL highs have been openly on sale next to kids' sweets on the counter of a Barnsley petrol station.

Small bottles of 'poppers', which are alkyl nitrates, are for sale at the Shell garage on Sheffield Road, Hoyland Common.

They come in small bottles - often called Liquid Gold or Pure Gold - and users report getting a short, sharp head rush-like high from them.

The nitrates dilate the blood vessels and allow more blood to get to the heart but side effects can include chemical burns to body tissues, feelings of sickness, faintness and weakness and even death if swallowed.

Poppers are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 but there's been cases where the Medicines Act was used to fine shops for selling so-called poppers.

Possession is not illegal, but supply can be an offence.

Karen Pearce, 41, of Hoyland Street, has three children, aged 19, 17 and six and she said she was concerned about them being so readily available.

"There should be some kind of classification like there is with cigarettes and booze," she said. "The authorities should have some say."

Another parent, who did not want to be named, said: "To think that they're selling these next to sweets is horrible.

"It could encourage children to go in and think that it's acceptable to buy them."

Owner Ayub Mitha said the product was commonly bought at weekends but was not sold to anyone under the age of 21.

He admitted to knowing some people may use it for other purposes.

He added: "All the staff that work here have signed literature which has been checked by Barnsley Council to say they would only sell these products to adults over 21.

"There's nothing illegal. The people buying it have been advised that it's a room odouriser. What people do after that is their responsibility."

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Reply Posted by mae bruss on Saturday August 24 2013 at 19:28
Although it is not illegal to sell these products.
Th company has a moral obligation as to where it sights these goods.
You wouldnt be allowed to sell bleach next to pop.
Paracetamol next to childrens sweets and they know it

Reply Posted by dntmatr on Sunday August 25 2013 at 11:56
not all legal highs r bad sum av bn tested and by the way it does say on pcks u buy over 18 just cos its legal dnt mean the safe

Reply Posted by Patricia on Monday August 26 2013 at 06:34
How disgusting, we are trying to get drugs off the streets and help people put their lives together, what are they playing at. If anything happens if people die because of something purchased at their garage WHO WILL PAY then?

Reply Posted by Patricia on Monday August 26 2013 at 06:34
How disgusting, we are trying to get drugs off the streets and help people put their lives together, what are they playing at. If anything happens if people die because of something purchased at their garage WHO WILL PAY then?

Reply Posted by Will Grant on Monday August 26 2013 at 11:08
As anyone got the postcode for the place !!!

Reply Posted by max on Monday August 26 2013 at 11:10
have I missed something? WHAT is the real purpose of this liquid gold stuff? I have read what the side effect can be, what what is the main reason for selling?

Reply Posted by katie on Monday August 26 2013 at 11:16
why they sell them anyway is beyond me! I would be reporting the shop that has put them next to sweets in the first place.

Reply Posted by Sharon Green on Monday August 26 2013 at 11:17
This stuff wants taking of my son ended up in hospital for 2 days .35 minutes paramedics worked on him its bad and it want banning.

Reply Posted by AnnieD on Monday August 26 2013 at 11:20
Well, this is a nice bit of advertising for these products; I wonder how fast it will take for them to sell out now that it's been advertised here? Shame on the owner for not taking the moral highground on this one; many things are 'legal', but not necessarily 'safe'. I wonder if he lives in the area where he is selling this garbage?

Reply Posted by becki on Monday August 26 2013 at 12:01
I don't see the major fuss about it, it clearly states that the staff dont sell to anyone under 21 and at that age what someone puts into their system is their responsibility. Alcohol and cigarettes cause more damage then these but no one is making a uproar about it. The owner isn't breaking the law so get over it!

Reply Posted by king louis on Monday August 26 2013 at 13:57
store them with alcohol and cigs then not kiddies sweets

Reply Posted by Leanne on Monday August 26 2013 at 22:46
Should be behind counter with fags or away from kids sweets. It maybe legal but near kids sweets? that'll just encourage young children to try it. They may not buy it but they have parents, older siblings how do the shop know they aren't buying it them? And how do they know the people buying it are over 21? unless they actually ID them! Its pathetic, shouldn't be near things for kids. doesn't bother me personally its up to the person, but it should be near where kids sweets are.

Reply Posted by didyouknow on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 08:43
Liquid gold was first sold in private shops (sex shops) gay people would buy them to relax them selfs for sex. And the stuff that liquid gold is made from is the same stuff as rekcord cleaner. You can not get addicted too the stuff it just makes you feel like some one is playing drums in head for about 30 seconds

Reply Posted by jc on Tuesday August 27 2013 at 10:32
They sell poppers legally which can kill. They also sell cigarettes which can kill. All legal/ Yet cannabis has never killed anyone and its not legal. Strange laws/country.