At the launch of the Crazy Chemist campaign, crime prevention minister James Brokenshire warned that the market for these drugs is changing and despite the fact many of them are advertised as ‘legal’ this doesn’t mean they are safe and some may have already been banned.
After much media attention covered the rising usage of substances such as Meow Meow and Ivory Wave, both of which contain dangerous components, the Home Office has announced plans for year long bans to be quickly implemented as a way of taking new drugs off the market whilst comprehensive reviews are conducted to identify any potential harm.
Dr Phil Yates, of the Forensic Science Service made a point of highlighting the fact that the term ‘legal high’ did not mean that the Government had sanctioned them, but just that they had not yet been tested.
The Home Office has said the proposed ban would send a clear message to users that many of these untested substances carry a huge risk.
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