Legal Highs

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?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Legal High Deaths Surge In UK

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK

Deaths linked to so-called legal highs in the UK have surged, according to a troubling new report. The number of cases in which novel psychoactive sub...

'Send Us Your Drugs'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK

The Welsh Government has set up a website to test legal highs. People will be able to send substances anonymously to the site, where they will be a...

Ministers Opt Out Of EU Legal High Plans

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Ministers have refused to sign the UK up to European legislation for tackling legal highs. European Commission proposals for a regulation and direc...

'I Want To Kiss You, I Want To F**k You': Train Passenger Who Tried To Have Sex With Drinks Trolley

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A train passenger who simulated sex with an on-board drinks trolley whilst claiming to be under the influence of alcohol and a legal high has been ord...

Asa Bennett

Guess How Many Drugs Police Seized In Parliament?

HuffingtonPost.com | Asa Bennett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

Police have seized drugs just once in the last year on the Parliamentary estate after someone was caught in possession of cannabis, a Freedom of Infor...

UK Should Follow New Zealand In Dealing With Legal Highs 'Epidemic'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Government and police are failing to get to grips with an "epidemic" of so-called legal highs and an overhaul of legislation is needed, a cross-pa...

Could Legal Highs Be Regulated?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Legal highs could be regulated, with producers and sellers forced to gain licences to sell the psychoactive substances, under a new review to be under...