'Legal Highs Turned My Son Into A Shell'

1 May 2015, 06:40 | Updated: 30 March 2016, 13:50

A Nottinghamshire dad who nearly lost his son because of legal highs has told Capital they're as easy to get hold of as bag of sweets or a pint of milk.

David, who's name we've changed, says his son was just 15 when he started taking them.

Sold Clothes & XBox To Fund Habit

He soon began selling his clothes and even his Xbox to fund his habit before going on to self harm as a result of psychotic episodes:

'It's just like buying sweets, they associate these shops because they sell them they think they're safe, when infact, they're not.

'It's just like buying a pint of milk.

'It's awful to see your child go from a happy person to agressive creature, that you don't recognise.

'To hear their frightened, trembling voice crying out for help, to see them cut themselves, you fear the worse.'

Police in Derby recently confiscated a legal high known as Black mamba which has led to deaths on the continent.