In country after country a vast array of new psychoactive substances, rapidly spread via online sources, is causing havoc for law and policy makers.
Attempts to arrest their harms almost routinely fail, and many are now looking to the example of recent New Zealand legislation.
We should follow New Zealand, which has passed a law to ensure synthetic drugs are safe, yet political cowardice in the UK means this will never be viable.
In New Zealand, drug manufacturers must send products for clinical testing before they can be legally sold.’ Read more on the Guardian
Police raided a shop suspected of peddling so-called ‘legal highs’ – a day after a landmark prosecution against another trader.
The Officers seized a large range of items from Dr Hermans on Vicar Lane in Leeds city centre on Saturday.
The Home Office has said it has no intention of licensing shops that sell so-called “legal highs” after a minister appeared to float the idea.
Such outlets could be treated like sex shops with their windows blacked out and under-18s barred to show they weren’t “harmless”. Read more