This ban on legal highs will only have one effect: more drug-related deaths

Prof David Nutt:

  • During the period of legal mephedrone popularity, deaths from cocaine – which over the preceding decade has risen inexorably year on year – fell precipitously.
  • The ban on legal highs will only have one effect: more drug-related deaths
  • All the new act will do is drive people towards illegal drugs and alcohol, the most harmful substance of all
  • Legal highs have become a new moral panic in the same vein as those created previously for cannabis, cocaine – and most recently mephedrone .
  • But most people with drug and alcohol dependence who stop using relapse at least once before becoming stably abstinent, and many relapse multiple times.

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Legal highs have become victim to a new moral panic. All the new act will do is drive people towards illegal drugs and alcohol, the most harmful substance of all


This ban on legal highs will only have one effect: more drug-related deaths

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