Parents have been warned over unregulated vapes after five young people became ill in Lancaster and Morecambe.
Lancashire Police received reports of teenagers at local schools and colleges requiring hospital treatment after smoking contaminated vapes.
Officers believe they may contain dangerous Class B drugs, including amphetamine and THC.
An investigation into the circumstances around the incidents is underway and enquiries ongoing.
Supt Craig Kelshaw said: “We are urging parents to be vigilant after a number of young people were taken ill after smoking vapes believed to contain illegal drugs.
“The legal age to use and purchase vapes is 18, however, we know that they are being sold to young people via social media, and these are then being taken into schools and colleges.
“Not only is this a health issue, but those possessing and supplying illegal drugs could be committing criminal offences. We are working closely with local schools and partners to share information and intelligence.
“We would also urge parents, guardians and anyone with information they may have about those supplying these vapes to call Lancashire Police on 101.”
Cllr Michael Green said: “We are very concerned about the latest spate of young people becoming ill after using vapes believed to have contained illegal drugs across Lancashire.
“Vaping illegal and unknown substances carries significant health risks including becoming immediately unwell, loss of consciousness and even risk to life and we urge everyone to do their utmost to be vigilant and aware of the very significant dangers.
“If you are concerned about a young person using drugs and vapes, please contact specialist support charity We are With You | Twitter, Instagram, Facebook | Linktree’ via their website or on 0808 164 0074.
“We have also responded to the government consultation in support of stronger national action to address the unscrupulous marketing of vapes that are targeted at our young people.”
Anyone with information about the supply or use of these illegal vapes should contact Lancashire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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