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Forget banning legal highs and just legalise drugs

by | 16th, October 2012

LEGAL highs. There the drugs taken by people who don’t want to be criminals but want to get of their face. Now, a group called the Angelus Foundation says it’s researched the market in these drugs. Its data suggests a third of 16 to 24 year olds are now likely to try them”.

Suggests. Likely.

The survey should feature other questions:

“If cannabis was not illegal would you be more or less likely to take a so-called legal high?”
“Is alcohol too expensive?”
“Are cigarettes gateway drugs?”
“Is alcohol a gateway drug?”
“Should all drugs be legalised?”
“Would you like to know a cheap way to get off your face for a few hours?”

Sky News reports:

The substances may contain a dangerous combination of toxic chemicals which produce side effects such as psychosis, depression, panic attacks, heart problems, seizures, coma, loss of use of the bladder and even death.

May. So much for the research. Anyone “likely” to take the drugs will not be deterred by such woolliness.

The Angelus Foundation was founded by Maryon Stewart. In 2009, her daughter, 21-year-old daughter Hester, “died taking the drug GBL” .  The coroner said:

Consultant histopathologist Dr Andrew Rainey said the cause of death was GBL toxicity and the presence of ethanol. He said the fact the drug and alcohol had been combined caused her death.

Ms Stewart’s mother, Maryon Stewart, once said :

“They are not drugs, they are chemicals and when you take them you’re playing Russian Roulette with your life.But you can’t control something like paint stripper because it has legitimate uses. When you ban one of these things probably a dozen others pop up to replace it.”

Mrs Stewart was right. Now she adds:

“There has been an unprecedented influx of new legal highs in the country. Currently there is a huge knowledge gap in their effects and the dangers they present. Legal does not mean safe.”

In 201o, the Labour Government banned the legal high Mephedrone or meow meow. Why? If more similar drugs are available. What was the point of banning it?

Sky adds:

Police in Scotland confirmed three people had been taken to hospital at the same time earlier this month after taking a legal high called Annihilation.

On ITV, Daisy McAndrew quips:

“I think the danger was clear in the name.”

No. The thrill was clear in the name. The youth will find news ways to get wasted. Ban one legal high and another one will arrive. One apparent victim was 13. Another

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