Legal Highs

No, You Haven't Made Poppers Illegal, Government's Own Experts Tell It

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK

Poppers are not illegal under the new law banning legal highs, experts have concluded, despite the government's assurances that they are. The Psychoa...

Inmates Force Their Way Inside Prison Office To Reclaim Seized Legal Highs

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK

Inmates seized drugs from staff at a prison which is at risk of being "overwhelmed" by a flood of legal highs, an inspection report has revealed. P...

Legal Highs Being Stockpiled On Blackmarket In Lead-Up To April Ban

The Huffington Post UK | Steven Hopkins | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK

A survey has been launched in Manchester to gauge the extent of legal high use in the city to ensure service providers can deal with the aftermath of ...

The Psychoactive Substances Bill Only Creates More Criminal Offences, Confusion, Harm and Deaths

Lord Brian Paddick | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Brian Paddick

This Bill will push users into the hands of criminal street dealers in hard drugs and overseas-based internet suppliers who could not care less about what's in the drugs they supply or what effect they have on their clients. The internationally respected expert Professor David Nutt believes this Bill will "increase harm and deaths". Surely that is the last thing anybody wants and yet that is what the Conservative government and the Labour 'opposition' have signed.

'Legal Highs' and Prison Lows - My View From Inside

Dan Rolfe | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Dan Rolfe

I was lucky and never had any of the frightening effects spice can have, but I saw others who used it have 'spice attacks'. It's like they were having heart attacks, not knowing where they were, collapsing. Men would smoke half a gram in one go. They'd wander out of the cell, and the next thing they'd be on the floor or in health care. A lot would call for their mums.

Poppers Should Not Be Part Of Legal Highs Ban, MPs Say

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 23.10.2015 | UK

Party drug "poppers" should not be banned in the Government's crackdown on "legal highs", according to MPs. The call came in a report by the Common...

Legal Highs Ban Could Criminalise Priests Who 'Vigorously' Shake Incense

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

The government's attempt to ban "legal highs" could criminalise priests who use incense during services, churches have warned. The Psychoactive Sub...

Mass Laughing Gas Protest Outside Parliament Turns Out To Be A Little Deflating

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 01.08.2015 | UK

Demonstrators have protested against Government drug policy by staging a mass inhalation of so-called "hippy crack" or laughing gas in the shadow of P...

Kids These Days Are Smoking And Drinking A Lot Less Than They Used To

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

Only a small percentage of children aged 11-15 in England have ever used 'legal highs' while only half have even heard of them, a new report has found...

Ecstasy Use Among Young Brits At Highest Level In Over A Decade

PA | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK

Ecstasy use among young Britons is at the highest level for more than a decade, new figures reveal. One in 20 people aged between 16 and 24 admitte...

Banning Legal Highs Is Like Banning Catholicism Says Drug Expert

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Politics

A former Government drugs expert has branded Tory plans to ban so-called legal highs “the worst piece of legislation in living memory”. Profess...

Psycho Killers? Lords Plot Comedown For Legal Highs Ban

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Waugh | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics

Controversial plans to outlaw 'legal highs' are to be challenged in Parliament tomorrow after campaigners warned that the legislation would add confus...

The Shocking Numbers That Show How Britain's Taste For Drugs Is Changing

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

Hospital admissions for synthetic cannabis use have increased by a third, a worldwide drugs survey has found, while "super dose" ecstasy pills are hos...

Sellers Of 'Legal Highs' Could Face Seven Years In Prison As Crackdown Begins

PA | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Politics

Sellers of "hippy crack" for recreational use will face up to seven years in prison under a Government crackdown on legal highs. Peddling nitrous o...

New Psychoactive Substances Ban Won't Even Achieve Its Aims

Amanda Feilding | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Politics
Amanda Feilding

The proposed bill will have much deeper effect than simply adding a few more names to the list of already banned substances. In particular, it could lead to some wholly unintended consequences, whilst failing to solve many of the issues surrounding new psychoactive substances (NPSs) in the first place.

A New Government But No New Approach to Drugs - It's Groundhog Day

Niamh Eastwood | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK Politics
Niamh Eastwood

Well here we are again! A new Government - albeit one that has the remnants of the previous - but nothing new in the UK's drug policy, at least in terms of what can be deemed progress by any rational measure. No, instead we have full blown regression, encompassed now in "New legislation [that] will ... ban the new generation of psychoactive drugs," it was announced Wednesday in the Queen's speech.

'Legal Highs' Won't Be Quite So Legal After This Queen's Speech Announcement

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK

The Queen has announced the government's plan to ban so-called 'legal highs', the new wave of untested recreational drugs springing up in the UK. A...

Councils Are Calling For A Ban On 'Legal Highs' After Drug Scares

PA | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK

Town halls have called for an outright ban on legal highs to be announced in the Queen's Speech. The Local Government Association (LGA) urged the H...

Lucy Sherriff

Laughing Gas: Was The Government's Warning An Overreaction? | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education

More than 500,000 young people used laughing gas last year, which was the second most popular drug of 2013, prompting the government to release a warn...

'Serious Side-Effects' Hit V Festival Revellers Who Took 'Blue Ghost' Drug

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 16.08.2014 | UK

Three festivalgoers have been treated for "serious side-effects" after taking a tablet they believed to be a class A drug. Emergency crews were cal...

Experts Can't Keep Up With The Boom In Legal Highs

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.05.2014 | UK

The number of legal highs, which are outside international control, is growing at an "unprecedented" rate, with almost 350 new designer drugs identifi...

Music Festivals Ban Sale Of Legal Highs

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK

A group of more than 20 music festivals has banned the sale of "legal highs" and will take part in a "digital blackout" on Monday to highlight the dan...

The Number Of Legal High Deaths May Not Be As High As Reported

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK

The number of deaths from legal highs could be lower than what has been reported it has been claimed. Two reports detailing the rises in the number...

Fears That EU Drugs Crackdown Will Spawn Dangerous Legal Highs

PA | Posted 27.02.2014 | UK

Britain will not sign up to European drugs laws which hamper the Government's ability to crack down on "legal highs", a Home Office minister has said....

Three Students Hospitalised After Using Car Cleaner Chemical As A Drug

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Three students are in intensive care after taking a chemical, used for cleaning car alloys and dubbed a "coma in a bottle", as a legal high. A man ...