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[Sunday Independent] , Cosgrave, Terrance Docs warn head-shop ban has little effect. (15 Aug 2010)

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There has been a huge increase in hospital admissions due to 'head shop' drugs, sold since the stores were banned.

The situation has deteriorated so much since the ban that doctors working in the HSE's methadone programme to manage opiate addiction have issued a warning that these drugs can prove more dangerous than what one HSE methadone programme doctor called "ordinary decent heroin".

The banned products can lead to serious physical problems such as cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), mental problems including paranoia, and even full-blown psychotic episodes.

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