Musselburgh residents are being urged to boycott traders who sell ‘legal highs’, after warnings about their potentially fatal side effects.
One shop in Fisherrow has already bowed to pressure to withdraw the substances from sale after posters appeared in the area naming and shaming the outlet.
The dangers of legal highs, also known as New Psychoactive Substances, were highlighted last month after it emerged that 11 people from Musselburgh and the surrounding area had been hospitalised after using them.
It is believed a 36-year-old drug dealer from Musselburgh has since died after injecting legal highs and other drugs, while another will need to have a leg amputated.
Addiction advice agencies warn that the substances – often labelled as bath salts with the brand name Burst – can cause serious damage to veins when injected like other drugs.
Paperview newsagents in North High Street stopped selling the product after concerned local residents took matters into their own hands.
Posters placed outside the store read: “Boycott this shop. They sell legal highs. They wreck, damage and kill young people’s lives.”
The shop owner later placed a notice outside the premises advising customers that legal highs were no longer on sale.
A spokesman for the business said the product was withdrawn from sale and steps taken to act as a responsible retailer as soon as it was made aware of the dangers.
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