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Available editions United Kingdom. The Psychoactive Substances Act will have little effect unless it's backed up by a drugs education programme. Legal highs are now illegal in the the UK but why has it taken so long for the law to be changed?
Changing drugs laws can have some very unexpected consequences. As of next month, all legal highs will be banned in the UK when a new law comes into effect. Don't expect it to work. Here's how the Psychoactive Substances Bill will stand in the way of human flourishing.
The government's "blanket ban" on legal highs goes against the evidence. Successive governments haven't always followed expert advice, but they have in the new bill to end 'legal highs'.
The UN believes that the use of drugs such as cocaine and heroin has stabilised, for example. In fact, the ground in the drugs battle…. A few doors down from my house, a man is selling drugs.
He has herbs to smoke that could leave me happy and stoned and various white powders to ingest that could keep me partying all night. Closer inspection of the facts, some of which needed to be extracted…. The number of deaths caused by a group of mind altering drugs, including mephedrone, has increased over the past three years.
And while toxicology reports also link the use of these substances to deaths…. Legal highs that are novel psychoactive substances NPS have flooded Britain over the past few years and their use has increased drastically.
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