The number of young people being treated for addictions to legal highs has nearly tripled in a year.
Across England, 334 young people aged 18 and under were primarily treated for addictions to new psychoactive substances, commonly known as legal highs, in 2014/15, up from 121 in 2013/14, a rise of 176%.
The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act by Public Health England, show that while substance misuse among young people is falling, legal highs are a growing cause for teens to seek treatment.
Misuse of ecstasy may also be on the rise, with 164 young people primarily treated for the drug in 2014/15, the highest number in six years.
The number of young people