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Popularity Concerns Over Legal Highs

August 19, 2014
Public Health

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is to release a report this week calling for more to be done to combat the drugs, known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). Deaths have been linked to NPS drugs which are thought to surpass the dangers of heroin within two years.

There has been an increase in hospital admissions due to heavier use of legal highs. Drugs such as AMT and Burst were linked to 97 deaths in 2012, with hospital admissions rising by 56% between 2009 and 2012.

CSJ’s director Christian Guy commented: “Addiction rips into families, makes communities less safe and entrenches poverty.

“For years full recovery has been the preserve of the wealthy – closed off to the poorest people and to those with problems who need to rely on a public system. We want to break this injustice wide open.”

Last weekend’s V Festival saw seven arrests for selling legal highs as the demand and popularity of drugs such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas) continues.