Legal Highs Changing The Face Of Substance Misuse In The U.K.
It used to be when you talked about illegal drug use in the United Kingdom, you were talking about weed, cannabis, hashish, coke, snow, whiz, amphetamines, speed and heroin. The risk, dangers and effects of these substances were widely known.
However, in recent years, we are seeing the increased use of what are called “legal highs.” In is not against the law to buy these substances in head shops or at festivals. They are often sold as “not for human consumption,” which means they are not yet controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Research is ongoing, and decisions are being made on whether they should be made illegal with some already classified A, B, based on their potential harm.