Dangerous â€œlegal highsâ€ that mimic the effects of heroin and other Class A drugs will be sold in licensed high street shops under plans being considered by ministers.
The drugs, typically psychoactive substances made in laboratories in China and India and sold as insomnia cures, bath salts or plant food, were linked to 68 deaths in Britain in 2012 amid warnings of a growing crisis.
Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat Home Office Minister responsible for drug policy, told The Times that he was considering plans to license shops to sell legal highs to the over-18s.
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The Government is today blocking a new law, which would prevent the sale of dangerous drugs in high street â€˜headshopsâ€™. Jo Swinson, Minister for Consumer Protection at Department for Business Innovation and Skills, has played down the significance of legal highs and said action was, â€œnot neededâ€.
An amendment to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill to be debated in Parliament today, 16 July, would have the effect of stopping high street sellers of legal highs from trading in New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). The Home Office Minister responsible for drugs policy, Jeremy Browne MP, intends to block the new law.
Maryon Stewart of drugs charity Angelus described the Government as being, â€œwilfully deaf, dumb and blind,â€ over legal highs.