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Angus Macpherson has welcomed new Government action to criminalise so-called ‘legal highs.’ A number of the drugs, which until now have been legally available, will become illegal Class B drugs under plans set out by the Home Office announced this week.
Following advice from the government’s independent drug experts, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), new synthetic cannabinoids (such as those sold under the name ‘Black Mamba’) and methoxetamine (sold as Mexxy) and its related compounds will be classified under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.
Angus, who is a magistrate and trustee of the Filling Station, a homeless outreach service in Swindon, said
I know from my personal contact with users the damage these can cause. In particular they are seen as a substitute by those in treatment for drug abuse, and set back that recovery programme. The Government is right to take action to address the damage caused by these “legal highs” by outlawing not just individual drugs, but whole families of substances which have the potential to cause real harm. When people take “legal highs” are running a serious risk because often they have no idea what they are taking and the drugs could contain dangerous substances. A few months ago there were a worrying number of admissions to hospital associated with their use.