Legal Highs: An Impossible Task
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The government’s chief drugs advisor professor Les Iverson has said Britain is 'floundering' in its attempts to control the online ‘legal highs’ market. In a bid to control the market, new 'legal high' drugs will be banned immediately for 12 months under Home Office legislation. Not only is this impractical but also posing a dangerous threat to users. Naturally, it seems counter intuitive to argue against a ban on substances which pose such apparent danger to users. For example, when looking at the case of the 24 year old man who died after jumping off a cliff following use of the legal high, Ivory Wave. But this is exactly why a total ban on substances like Ivory Wave should not be in place. Substances that pose the most harm to individuals need the most regulation. The law is helpless in the face of demand and it is oversimplistic to suggest a ban will stop young people using drugs. Drugs have never been cheaper or more available. Rather it encourages young people to find new ways to get the same effects via other means.
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