Legal Highs

Monkey Dust: The Volatile Drug's Grip On Stoke
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.
Former deputy drugs tsar Mike Trace told the Today Programme that when legal challenges are successful against a “carefully
The number of inmates with a drug problem at the prison has increased by 10%.
It is easier to get hold of drugs than clothes or bedding at one “substandard” prison, a watchdog has found. An unannounced
'This ban is increasing health harms and criminality.'
The ban on drugs formerly known as “legal highs” may have put off casual users but has driven those with serious addiction
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.