Salvia drug to blame for sick Hucknall school pupils

The National Academy, Hucknall.

The National Academy, Hucknall.

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POLICE have confirmed this week that the ‘legal high’ substance smoked by several students at Hucknall’s National Academy was Salvia divinorum.

Salvia is described as a psychoactive plant which can induce dissociative effects and is a potent producer of visions and other hallucinations.

The substance is banned in many countries around the world but not in Britain.

More than 10 pupils fell ill after dabbling with the substance on the school field after a pupil brought it onto the premises.

The school and police have been working together to respond to the incident with extra lessons and warnings about the effects and consequences as well as punishing those involved.

“Governors have not yet met to decide the future of the pupil who brought the substance in – that’s next week,” said principal Dr John Edwards. “All the other pupils have had a session with specialists on the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse. That included legal highs, and we have reviewed our personal development programme, and legal highs will be included in the next cycle.

“Reaction of parents has been extremely supportive. They are concerned, quite rightly, but appreciate the clear and quick way in which the school has responded.”