Protest outside Dalkeith shop

Public protest in Dalkeith outside Vaped-Out.
Public protest in Dalkeith outside Vaped-Out.

Campaigners have protested outside a Dalkeith shop selling “legal highs” yards from a cafe for recovering drug addicts.

The Vaped-Out store on the High Street offers a variety of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), more commonly known as legal highs.

Around the corner at North Wynd, the Horizons cafe provides a “recovery-focused environment” within Dalkeith Baptist Church, for people battling drugs and alcohol addictions.

On Friday, volunteers and service users joined Dalkeith councillor Margot Russell (Lab) in taking part in a public protest.

Among the protestors was Ross Hamilton (34), from Dalkeith, who said: “On Wednesday I lost my mate – he was jagging [injecting] that Burst [NPS stimulant sold as a white powder] and ended up with septicemia on the brain. He was 30 years old.”

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