Residents invited to discuss dangers of khat

EAST Enders can learn more about the dangers of the drug khat at an awareness day tomorrow. NHS Tower Hamlets, the Ocean Somali Community Association and m

by Gemma Collins

EAST Enders can learn more about the dangers of the drug khat at an awareness day tomorrow.

NHS Tower Hamlets, the Ocean Somali Community Association and mental health charity Mind, are hosting the event at the Brady Arts Centre in Hanbury Street from 9.30pm-1.30pm to highlight the link between khat and mental health.

The green-leafed shrub, which is legal in the UK, has similar effects to amphetamine and chewing it makes people feel more alert and talkative.

But using it excessively can eventually cause paranoia and psychotic reactions.

Recent research within the East End's Somali community revealed that the drug, popular among men, was being used too much and was causing family problems.