Police Issue Warning After Two Men Collapse After Taking Legal High

by : Tom Percival on : 21 May 2016 13:11

Two men have collapsed after taking the legal high known as Annihilation, forcing the police to issue an ‘urgent warning’.


Both incidents took place in Rochdale, Greater Manchester and one of the men, 33, has been placed in an induced coma while the other, a 39-year-old man, needed medical attention.

According to The Independent, officers received a call after 11am on Friday, reporting a 33-year-old man had collapsed who’d been taking ‘legal highs’.

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Later that afternoon police were called at around 2.20pm where they discovered the 39-year-old.


Again the man is believed to have taken a legal high before collapsing. Police say that the man left of his own accord after receiving medical attention at the scene.


Detective Inspector Andy Butterworth said:

Today, two men have fallen ill after taking the ‘legal high’ known as ‘Annihilation’. The use of ‘legal highs’ is a worrying trend and has ended with a man in hospital in intensive care.

I would urge people not to buy these so-called ‘legal highs’ and to consider the threat they pose to lives.

If family or friends find any ‘legal highs’ please dispose responsibly or hand in to police.

Police are appealing for any information about where the legal high came from, and are asking anyone who knows to contact them on 101 as soon as possible, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

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    Two men collapse after taking 'legal high' called annihilation