Legal Highs

A Blanket Ban Suggests There Is a Simple Answer to Legal Highs - The Truth Is Much Hazier

Paul Noblet | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Paul Noblet

A blanket ban in itself is perhaps not a bad thing. But placing the burden wholly on the police to eradicate NPS use is unlikely to yield results. The government must do better and it could start by increasing the paltry £180,000 it currently spends on educating young people about drugs. .. Education and medical support can be no more expensive than condemning vulnerable young users to long sentences in prison. And this is not the binary problem the government's catch-all law suggests. A ban may keep costs off the statute book, but it won't conceal the reasons some of the most vulnerable young people are turning to often dangerous, now illegal highs.

Public Humiliatingly Call Out Police Mistake After Wrongful Seizures

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK

Crawley Police have been forced into making an embarrassing series of apologies after seizing a haul of poppers they wrongly thought were now illegal ...

The Psychoactive Substances Act Means to Benefit Public Health, But Street Dealers and Organised Criminals Will Benefit Most

George Murkin | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK
George Murkin

The fact that the law on new drugs is less bad than our utterly disastrous laws on more well-established drugs isn't a cause for celebration. The government had an opportunity to take control of a risky trade in need of regulation - instead, it's pushed it further underground.

Beyond the Ban

Denise Hatton | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Denise Hatton

The increasing prevalence of legal highs use among young people represents a fundamental change in the UK drug scene, a change that the Government must realise cannot be solved by a ban alone.

Man In Induced Coma After Taking Legal High As police Warn Of Effects

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 21.05.2016 | UK

Three men collapsed and two more suffered "adverse effects" after taking so-called legal highs known as Annihilation or Cherry Bombs, police said. Gre...

After Delays, Government Announces When All 'Legal Highs' Will Be Banned

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK

A blanket ban on "legal highs" will come into force at the end of the month after it was delayed amid concerns it was impossible to enforce. New laws ...

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?

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...