BZP, a worming treatment for cattle, but with effects similar to ecstasy is due to be classified as a Class C drug, however, manufacturers have already begun making a different drug, with similar effects to cocaine, that will be entirely legal.
Mephedrone has a very cheap street value, and is sometimes marketed as plant food, is another such ‘legal high’, and is similar to amphetamines. Several countries have already banned it, but many believe the UK is behind on this issue.
The UK is slow and behind the times in banning BZP,” said Dr John Ramsey, a toxicologist at St George’s University of London, who is also the director of Tic Tac Communications, a drug analysis body that studies recreational drugs. “We can’t rely on the Home Office to play catch up when it comes to these drugs. We need a sensible debate in the media about their potential risks.”