Sarane Brennan has been crusading against the potentially lethal dangers of party drugs since her son Seth Saunders took his life while trying to beat his addiction.

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The 24-year-old, who attended sixth form at Northgate High School in Ipswich, fell into the grip of a legal high while enjoying the party scene when he was at university in Brighton.

The former Debenham High School pupil’s drug of choice was GBL – known as ‘coma in a bottle’ – which was made a Class C drug in December 2009. However, by then, Seth was hooked.

Despite trying to seek help, his mental condition deteriorated due to the crippling effects of GBL.

Seth died on May 5, 2011.

He was brought up in Stonham Aspal and lived in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, for a short while.

At the time of his death he was living at his mother’s home in Huntingdon.

Ms Brennan, who now lives in Worthing, West Sussex, said: “I’m a nurse working in an acute medical unit and we see kids coming in who have been taking some of these 
legal highs and I think they are very ignorant of how dangerous they can be.

“We are still devastated and will be forever.

Seth would have been 27 this month. His death has had a huge impact on all of us.

“In my opinion legal highs are dangerous. A lot of the stuff kids are getting legally, they do know what 
it is.

“Seth lost his mind and that’s as far as things can go. Suicide is not unheard of and is not uncommon.”

Ms Brennan told Seth’s inquest in Huntingdon that, before his death, she was concerned that her son was suffering from depression, but he repeatedly refused to seek help.

During Easter 2011 she became so concerned she took him to an out-of-hours GP service.

He was prescribed with anti-depressant medication and urged to register with a GP.

Ms Brennan described witnessing her son’s paranoia and anxiety and said at times he was manic and even psychotic, but put his behaviour down to depression.

She was unaware that he was using illegal substances.

Ms Brennan found her son unresponsive in bed when she returned home from a night shift at 2pm.

The inquest found Seth had taken his own life while the balance of his mind was disturbed.

Ms Brennan, 55, said at the time of his death there was very little help available or knowledge about the effects of GBL.

Now she raises awareness about legal highs and recounts Seth’s story at events in the hope it will prevent others following the same path.

Ms Brennan said help can now be found through services such as the Club Drug Clinic in London and Angelus Foundation.

For more information, visit www.clubdrugclinic.cnwl.nhs.uk or www.angelusfoundation.com

3 comments

  • Tbh i dont think they can blame the legal high for this, he would have been in depression when taking it and used it as a way to get away from the feeling at the time

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    Sam Peters

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • Sam Peters: What a truly stupid comment. Firstly because you clearly know nothing at all about GBL as if you did then you wouldn't be so naive to the incredibly negative and addictive affects it eventually has one everyone that takes it, so im not sure how to you came to the conclusion that it didn't cause someone you don't know to take their own life... and secondly, regardless of you believing your very insightful option, this is an article trying to make people aware of the danger of this drug from people who have sadly witnessed it. Don't you think claiming it wasn't anything to do with drugs is you telling people actually its perfectly safe? But thank you for your useful comment on this :)

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    Luci Burnell

    Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • @Sam Peters. There are perfectly safe drugs that doctors prescribe to help people with depression. This person died becuse he was taking an unsafe drug. How can you say the legal high wasn't to blame?

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    RC

    Friday, January 3, 2014

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