The government is set to announce a ban on three so called "legal highs" this week but does these measures go far enough?
These are the 'legal' highs which are set to be banned:
GBL is closely related to the illegal drug GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) and GBL converts to GHB shortly after entering the body. It can make you feel euphoric and reduce your inhibitions. However, it can also cause nausea, drowsiness, coma and seizures. It can be lethal if you drink alcohol at the same time as taking it - this can lead to coma and death. They will be controlled as Class C drugs and banned when intended for human consumption.
Synthetic cannabinoids - man-made chemicals sprayed on herbal smoking products such as 'Spice', which act on the body in a similar way to cannabis but can be far more potent. They could be more harmful than cannabis, due to how its made. It will be controlled as a Class B drug alongside cannabis.
BZP (Benzylpiperazine) and related piperazines, which are stimulants taken as an alternative to amphetamine. BZP comes as a tablet, a capsule, or an off-white powder. Its sometimes sold as ecstasy or legal E. It is a derivative of piperazine, which is used as an anti-worming agent for farm animals. Effects include decreased appetite, difficulty in sleeping, nausea, vomiting, anxiety, agitation, collapse, fits or seizures. It will be controlled as Class C drugs.
December 21, 2009