Happy pills no laughing matter

first_imgLinkedin NewsLocal NewsHappy pills no laughing matterBy admin – October 15, 2009 864 13 year-old hospitalised after taking ‘Jokers’LAWS governing the sale of hallucinogenic and other stimulants from head shops have been questioned by the mother of a young teenage girl, who was hospitalised after purchasing and consuming party pills – otherwise known as happy pills – that she was told would “make her laugh”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This newspaper was contacted by the mother of the 13-year-old girl who lost feeling in both her legs and collapsed before being rushed to the Regional Hospital, where she was placed on a heart monitor.Now she warns parents of the dangers of some products available for sale in head shops.The girl was twice refused in separate head shops before finally purchasing a packet of ‘Jokers’ (party pills containing a mixture of ketones, herbal extracts and glucose).After taking the pills with her friend, both felt immediately ill. One claimed to have lost feeling in her hands, while the other collapsed and had to be taken to hospital.Both parents contacted the Gardai, but were alerted that no legislation exists to prohibit the sale of these products to anyone under 18.It is alleged when they bought the pills, they enquired as to what the effects they would have, and were reportedly informed that it would make them laugh.Robert Gardiner, proprietor of the city centre head shop Dark Side, stated: “Consumption of those pills for girls of that age would have the same effect as drinking 10 cans of red bull because of the high caffeine content.“The effects would vary from person to person. However, a child consuming those pills would be a lot more at risk than a person over the age of 18”.Although it is legal for shops to sell party pills and herbal incenses to all ages, local head shop owners are adamant that they refuse to sell their products to people under 18.The parents concerned fear that children might be at risk from taking party pills.They are calling for legislation to be brought in to ban the sale of these products to people under the age of 18.A legal source informed this newspaper of the grey area which these products fall into: “There seems to be no legislative powers in place as these products do not fall under the Misuse of Drugs Act, which would make them illegal. They are not regulated by the Pharmacies Act, where a prescription would be required; however any of the tobacco products would not available for sale to anyone under 18”.Local Labour TD, Jan O’ Sullivan, who has voiced her concerns about head shops in the past, said: “We clearly have a big problem that is directly affecting younger people”.After learning of the incident involving the girl being hospitalised, Deputy O’Sullivan is to put a Parliamentary question to the Dáil this week regarding the legal grey area which exists.A Limerick doctor, who preferred not to be identified, agreed with Deputy O’Sullivan’s concerns.“I have seen similar cases in the past”, he said.Robert Gardiner said, “A child consuming these pills would be a lot more at risk than a person over the age of 18” Email WhatsApp Advertisementcenter_img Print Facebook Twitter Previous articleReported crime down in city and countyNext articleUnusual position for Munster adminlast_img read more

Sleet and Snow in Ocean City Forecast for Wednesday

first_imgThe latest National Weather Service snowfall forecast calls for 2 to 3 inches of snow in Ocean City.A messy mix of rain, sleet and snow is in the forecast for Wednesday in Ocean City. But the storm is not expected to bring any major accumulation or tidal flooding.The latest National Weather Service forecast calls for precipitation to begin Wednesday late morning or early afternoon as the air temperature reaches a high of 38 degrees. Rain is expected to turn to sleet and snow as temperature drops on Wednesday.In a snowfall forecast released Tuesday evening, the NWS predicts 2 to 3 inches of accumulation in Ocean City and the coastal region of Cape May County — though it acknowledges that the forecast is still uncertain.Temperatures are expected to fall into the 20s on Wednesday night but return to a high of 38 degrees on a partly sunny Thursday.Northeast winds of 12 to 17 mph will accompany the storm. High tides (on the bay side of Ocean City) are at 8:31 a.m. and 8:57 p.m. on Wednesday.Long-range forecasts suggest Ocean City could see more precipitation from coastal storms on Saturday and Monday — with the second holding the greater potential for cold air and snow.last_img read more

Wellington varsity tennis team places second in home invitational Tuesday

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Brock Edwards of Wellington in No. 2 singles.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington varsity tennis team opened its season in a somewhat cool, cloudy day, and everyone wearing Crusader red went 3-1.Goddard Eisenhower won the tournament while Wellington placed second.“A few key points in No. 2 singles and both doubles could have gone our way,” said Allen Keller, Wellington head tennis coach. “If we would have won those three matches, we would have won the tournament.Individual results are as follows: #1 Singles- Tyler Pettegrew took 2nd place: Beat Stenseng (ElDorado) 8-2, Lost to Farris (Goddard Ike) 8-1, Beat Long (Kingman) 8-2, Beat Rynoso (Augusta) 8-2#2 Singles- Brock Edwards took 2nd place: Beat Wyman (Eld) 8-5, Lost to Pham (Godd) 8-6, Beat Langford (King) 8-2, Beat Lowrey (Aug) 8-4#1 Doubles- Dutch Brownlee/Avery Chaney took 2nd place: Beat Harter/Turner (Eld) 8-7, Lost to Burback/Barker (Godd) 8-7, Beat Coon/Roe (King) 8-4, Won by Forfeit (Aug)#2 Doubles – Ian King/Carson Legrand took 2nd place: Beat Barrett/LaForge (eld) 8-7, Lost to Berner/Dyer (Godd) 8-6, Beat Messenger/Roe (King) 8-6, Beat Hallmark/Ledgerwood (Aug) 8-4.last_img read more

Rules schools head to the North East and East Midlands

first_img16 May 2014 Rules schools head to the North East and East Midlands England Golf will be running two County Rules Schools this year, at The Northumberland Golf Club in High Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and at Market Rasen Golf Club in Lincolnshire. Since 2011, there have been 12 England Golf County Rules Schools run across the country, all proving to be very popular and attracting over 350 people in total. Successful delegates qualify as county referees and can assist at county tournaments. Toby Thorne, England Golf Championship Manager said: “This is the first time we have taken an England Golf County Rules School to the far north of the country – following a request from Northumberland Ladies’ County Golf Association. We are delighted to provide the opportunity for people in the north east to attend a school on their own doorstep. “Equally, we have been very keen to increase the number of county qualified referees in the east midlands. So bringing a Rules School to Market Rasen should help Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties to build a broader pool of qualified people to offer their skills and help at county golf events.” The County Rules Schools are open to all members of golf clubs affiliated to England Golf and delegates should have at least a basic understanding of the Rules of Golf before attending. The format of the school is a mix of outdoor practical demonstrations, refereeing role-play scenarios and some indoor tutorials. It is followed by an exam several weeks later. The details for the events are as follows: Venue: The Northumberland Golf Club, Northumberland Day 1: Mon 11th August            Day 2 (inc. Exam): Mon 22nd September Entry deadline: Fri 11th July Venue: Market Rasen Golf Club, Lincolnshire Day 1: Mon 1st September        Day 2 (inc. Exam): Mon 13th October Entry deadline: Fri 1st August The fee for attending an England Golf County Rules School is £50, which includes tuition, lunches, teas and coffees on both days.  Although hosted in Northumberland and Lincolnshire, delegates from other counties will also be welcome. For more information regarding the England Golf County Rules Schools and how to register your interest, please visit click here Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more