Barrow MP calls for ‘radical reform’ of legal high laws
Last updated at 12:00, Sunday, 08 September 2013
YOUNGSTERS are playing Russian roulette by taking legal highs, it has been claimed.
A report by the Centre for Social Justice shows 6,486 people were treated in 2011/1212 for abusing these types of drugs, an increase of 39 per cent since 2005/06.
The report showed one in 12 people aged between 15 to 24 – totalling 670,000 across the UK had tried so-called legal highs and brands the UK “the addicted man of Europe”.
Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service (CADAS) has reported an increase in the number of service users having problems with legal highs.
Phil Sharp, a supporting teenagers at risk adviser at CADAS, said: “We have seen more people.
“Some of the effects in the short term can be as damaging as illegal drugs but the long term its almost unknown.
“It’s like they are playing Russian roulette.”
The report said one of the issues with the substances was the way people can order them online – something the CSJ said is turning the postal service into couriers for the legal high trade.
Mr Sharp added: “They are so accessible online.
“We’ve seen more people using them because of this but alcohol is by far the most prevalent substance we see people having problems with.”
John Woodcock, Barrow and Furness MP, said: “The evidence is clear that legal highs are destroying lives across the country in ever-growing numbers.
“Our current laws simply aren’t able to keep pace with the rapid development of these potentially deadly drugs, and there needs to be radical legal reform to improve control and increase prosecutions.
“We have had plenty of well-meaning words from ministers, but precious little action: their foot-dragging needs to stop now.”
The Evening Mail’s Ban Them Now campaign is calling for psychoactive substances to be outlawed. The campaign is also calling for young people to be given a full education programme into the dangers of so-called legal highs.
Visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/52459 to sign our petition.
First published at 09:35, Monday, 09 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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So will this proposed ban cover dihydrogen monoxide?
How about, end the prohibition? People could get good quality, scientifically researched drugs and wouldn't need to risk these dangerous chemicals. People are going to do what they want to do, and people want to take drugs. Let's make it safer for everyone by making less harmful alternatives to alchohol and untested chemicals available for all.
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