North West MEP Marian Harkin is calling on the Government to consider alternative methods to tackle the problem of head shops.
The Independent MEP said using planning laws or public liability insurance may be a quicker way to try and clamp down on the controversial shops which sell what are known as ‘legal highs’.
Her comments come as the Health Minister, Mary Harney revealed that any legislation to ban these substances would need EU approval and could take some time.
There has been uproar over the stores which have sprung up across the country and sell substances legally that mimic the effect of illegal drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine.
Ms Harkin is calling on the Government to also think about the importance of education when it comes to make the public aware of the dangers of legal highs.
February 11, 2010
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“Alternative methods needed to tackle head shops”