Legal Highs

The Government's Drug Policy Is in Crisis After The Collapse Of 'Laughing Gas' Prosecutions

Niamh Eastwood | Posted 04.09.2017 | UK Politics
Niamh Eastwood

The Government's drug policy is shambolic and evidence-free. Ministers are obsessed with measuring success based on the numbers of people using drugs, rather than focusing on reducing harms. There needs to be wholescale reform of the UK's drug policy, with a focus on harm reduction and - in the first instance - decriminalising drug possession for personal use. If the Government wants a strategy that works and that protects people, it really is time they listened to the experts.

Nitrous Oxide Convicts 'Should Challenge Their Cases' Amid Legal High Review

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 31.08.2017 | UK

A drugs advice charity is urging anyone convicted for selling nitrous oxide since the Government banned legal highs last year to challenge their convi...

It's Easier For Inmates To Get Drugs Than Clean Sheets Or Clothing At This Prison

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK

It is easier to get hold of drugs than clothes or bedding at one “substandard” prison, a watchdog has found. An unannounced inspection of HMP Bedf...

Drug Charities Lament 'PR Success' Of Legal High Arrests

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK

The ban on drugs formerly known as “legal highs” may have put off casual users but has driven those with serious addiction problems underground, a...

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

Paul Noblet | Posted 28.05.2017 | 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 27.05.2017 | 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 25.05.2017 | 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 26.01.2017 | 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 23.11.2016 | 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 01.08.2016 | 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 28.05.2016 | 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.