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  1. chillinwill
    A GOVERNMENT adviser has welcomed a ban on “legal high” mind altering drugs, but has warned they may still be available on the Internet.

    In August the Oxford Mail revealed the Government was planning to ban several so-called “legal highs” – drugs created to avoid breaking the law so they can be sold in high-street shops.

    The Home Office ban on man-made cannabis substitute Spice, agricultural worming ingredient BZP and party drug GBL came into force tomorrow, following recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

    Oxford University professor Les Iversen, who sits on the cluncil, said: “The danger with these substances is that the user does not really know what they are taking or how much. These are not like neatly packaged prescription drugs, but usually a powder or herbal mixture with no indication of how powerful it is.

    “It will still be very difficult to do anything about legal highs in the case of the internet.”

    The ban has been drafted to prevent similar chemical alternatives slipping through legal loopholes.

    December 22, 2009
    Oxford Mail


  1. chinpokomaster
    Re: 'Legal highs' become unlawful tomorrow

    And so it's been done...

    Sorry if I've done this wrong... I've never posted here before. Please don't neg rep me :(
  2. chillinwill
    Three 'legal highs' banned after deaths linked to the drugs

    Three drugs producing “legal highs” will become illegal today after at least two deaths have been linked to their use.

    The move also includes banning chemicals with a similar structure to the legal highs in an attempt by the Government to keep one step ahead of people trying to get around the law.

    Drug groups welcomed the action but warned that the market for psychoactive substances was so large that people would always be willing to work in laboratories searching for chemical compounds to beat the law.
    Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, said: “We are cracking down on so called ‘legal highs’ which are an emerging threat, particularly to young people. That is why we are making a range of these substances illegal today with ground-breaking legislation which will also ban their related compounds.”

    The chemical solvent GBL, gamma-butyrolactone, which is used by clubbers as a substitute for the banned drug, GHB, known as “liquid ecstasy”, will become a Class C drug.

    BZP, benzylpiperazine, and related piperazines, which are stimulants, become Class C drugs. They are produced in pills and powders, creating a surge of energy but also agitation, headaches and sickness.

    It means that users could be punished with a two-year jail term and those convicted of dealing in the substances jailed for up to 14 years.

    Synthetic cannabinoids, man-made chemicals sprayed on herbal smoking products such as Spice, become a Class B drug. Anyone caught with a Class B drug faces up to five years in prison.

    The herbal mix mimics the effects of cannabis and pouches are widely sold on the internet and in “head shops” for about £20.

    Harry Shapiro, of DrugScope, the leading independent centre on advice about drugs, said that the law was framed to try to cover compounds that could be used in future to create legal highs. He said: “The degree to which it will be a success is anybody’s guess.”

    Mr Shapiro said that there was nothing to prevent someone managing a “slight tweak” with a compound that would get round the latest ban.

    “The market for psychoactive drugs globally is huge and it is no surprise that when one legal door shuts another opens. There are people out there prepared to spend time looking at the chemistry, spend time in the laboratories, trying to find something that will beat the law,” Mr Shapiro said.

    The mother of a medical student who died after taking a legal high drug said that the government action was not tough enough.

    Maryon Stewart said that classifying GBL as a Class C drug “doesn’t send the right warnings” to impressionable young people.

    Her daughter, Hester Stewart, 21, a student at the University of Sussex, died in Brighton, East Sussex, in April after taking GBL.

    Mrs Stewart said: “I don’t think it goes far enough. In America, it is a Schedule A, which is the equivalent of a Class A drug here. Class C doesn’t mean anything. It doesn’t send the right warnings. What we need to do is educate young people because I have now come to realise that people as young as 11 are taking legal highs by the bucket-full.

    “They are having all sorts of awful side-effects but they don’t realise because they think it is legal, it is safe.”

    An inquest into Miss Stewart’s death in Brighton in July was told that she took GBL mixed with alcohol and was found dead in bed. A verdict of misadventure was recorded.

    In May a coroner in Sheffield linked BZP to the death last year of Daniel Backhouse, 22, a mortgage broker. He took two or three pills at a party last May, then used Ecstasy the next day.

    Richard Ford
    December 23, 2009
    Times Online
  3. chillinwill
    Three 'legal highs' to become illegal

    Three types of "legal highs" will be banned today.

    * GBL (Gamma-Butyrolactone) is a chemical solvent which is converted in the stomach into the Class C drug GHB (gamma-hydroxybutyrate) nicknamed "liquid ecstasy".

    GHB emerged on the party scene in the 1990s and was banned in 2003.

    GBL has already been banned for personal use in several countries including the United States, Canada and Sweden but its industrial use as a paint stripper means it is widely available on the internet and even in some health food shops for reportedly as little as 50p per dose.

    The UK's Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs highlighted last August that the "harms and misuse" of GBL were commensurate with a Class C drug.

    The dangers were also highlighted in a report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

    It said GBL was becoming more popular as a recreational drug and, despite security measures to limit its use in clubs and pubs, it was regularly being smuggled into London clubs mixed with water in plastic bottles, condoms and balloons.

    It is virtually tasteless when diluted.

    It said people who bought the drug ranged from clubbers seeking euphoria to people interested in purported anti-ageing remedies or seeking increased sexual function.

    The death of student Hester Stewart, 21, in April this year prompted calls for GBL to be outlawed which were led by her family.

    Miss Stewart, a cheerleader with the Brighton and Sussex Waves, died after she consumed GBL with her on-off boyfriend Anthony Morrison after returning to his shared house in Brighton following an American football awards ceremony.

    Mr Morrison said it was the first time that Ms Stewart, a University of Sussex student studying molecular medicine, had taken the drug, which had been bought online from a site which warned it was not for human consumption.

    She was dead when he woke up at 9am on April 6, he told an inquest into her death.

    The inquest was told although the level of GBL consumed by Ms Stewart was low and would have led to full recovery in some people, its combination with alcohol proved fatal.

    * Synthetic cannabinoids, like the brand Spice, will become a Class B drug, the same classification as cannabis.

    Before today's ban, pouches of the drug were widely available on the internet and in so-called "head shops" for around £20 for three grams.

    It was sold under brands such as Spice Silver, Spice Gold, Spice Diamond and Spice Yucatan Fire.

    The drug was banned in Germany, Austria and France earlier this year.

    Reports from Germany suggested some users suffered heart problems after smoking the drug.

    Spice and other so-called synthetic cannabinoids had escaped existing UK drugs laws because they did not contain marijuana and are not chemically related to it.

    But by spraying synthetic additives on to herbs, dealers can create similar intoxication in users to that caused by THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

    Analysis of samples of Spice showed it had a "higher potency" than THC.

    * BZP (Benzylpiperazine) is used to worm animals and as a fertiliser but has become popular for recreational use as it can have a similar effect to amphetamine.

    It can cause a rush of energy, agitation, vomiting and headaches.

    The drug comes in many shapes and forms, including pills and powders.

    Some websites have marketed it as legal ecstasy and sell it for as little as £1 a tablet but it has already been banned in countries including America, Australia and Japan.

    Press Association
    December 23, 2009
  4. chillinwill
    New drugs laws ban 'legal highs'

    Some anabolic steroids, growth promoters and synthetic cannabis have been made illegal in Northern Ireland, the government has announced.

    A number of new drugs have been classified following a recommendation to the Home Office by the Advisory Council on Drug Misuse.

    The changes have been welcomed by the PSNI and the chair of the Organised Crime Task Force, Paul Goggins.

    Mr Goggins said anyone using the now illegal drugs risked going to jail.

    One of the new drugs classified is Benzylpiperazine (BZP) which mimics the effects of ecstasy.

    PSNI Inspector Andy Dunlop said more than 750,000 BZP tablets had been seized this year.

    He added: "It is regularly sold as ecstasy, and has similar markings. In many cases the dealers themselves thought that they were selling ecstasy tablets that were in reality BZP.

    "We now believe this drug had replaced ecstasy in terms of availability, because it was legal. But its classification is about to change."

    Date rape

    Among the other drugs being classified as class A, class B or class C are so-called growth promoters and drugs which mimic the effects of cannabis.

    Gamma-butyrolactone (GBL), which has been cited as having been used in date rape cases, is now a class C drug.

    Some anabolic steroids are also now class C, which brings the list of classified steroids up to date in time for the 2012 Olympics in London.

    Also banned are man-made chemicals which copy the effects of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the active ingredient in cannabis.

    Mr Goggins said the new classifications were an important step.

    He said: "These changes affect the whole of the UK and everyone in Northern Ireland should be aware that these drugs are now illegal, and if caught with these substances the Courts could decide to impose a custodial sentence."

    December 23, 2009
    BBC News
  5. chillinwill
    Johnson outlaws 'legal highs'

    Home secretary Alan Johnson has carried out his threat of banning a number of so-called 'legal highs'.

    The move sees the list of banned substances increased to include spray-on chemicals used on herbal smoking products like 'Spice', the chemical solvent and popular club drug GBL and the BZP stimulant.

    While the former is now a class C drug, the latter is immediately moved up to a class B substance.

    "We are cracking down on so called 'legal highs' which are an emerging threat, particularly to young people," Mr Johnson said.

    "That is why we are making a range of these substances illegal from today with ground- breaking legislation which will also ban their related compounds."

    The move, widely trailed earlier this year, has been attacked by both sides.

    Maryon Stewart, whose daughter Hester died aged 21 after taking the legal drug GBL, said the government had not gone far enough.

    "Class C doesn't mean anything. It doesn't send the right warnings," she told the Telegraph newspaper.

    "What we need to do is educate young people because I have now come to realise that people as young as 11 are taking legal highs by the bucket-full."

    Campaigners favouring the liberalisation of the government's drugs policy criticised the move as being unnecessary, however.

    When plans to outlaw more legal highs were first announced in August, Steve Rolles of pressure group Transform told politics.co.uk: "This is a myopic, shot-term, knee-jerk reaction.

    "These things are undoubtedly harmful, but it would be better to regulate them."

    December 23, 2009
  6. Quirrel
    Anybody have a list of all the compounds they banned, I've had a Google, but not seen anything yet.
  7. bubbly nubs
    This is such a shame :(
  8. Felix Machina
  9. chillinwill
    Legal highs banned after young girl dies

    A number of drugs which offer so-called 'legal highs' have been banned in Britain.

    The chemical solvent GBL that is often used by nightclub-goers, and several other substances are being outlawed.
    But a mother of a medical student, who died after taking the party drug GBL has said banning the drugs isn't enough.

    Maryon Stewart, has launched a campaign to ban all legal highs in the wake of her daughter's death.

    She said classifying Gamma-Butyrolactone (GBL) as a Class C drug 'doesn't send the right warnings' to impressionable young people.

    'In America, it is a Schedule A, which is the equivalent of a Class A drug here,' she said.

    'Class C doesn't mean anything. What we need to do is educate young people because I have now come to realise that people as young as 11 are taking legal highs by the bucket-full.

    'They are having all sorts of awful side-effects but they don't realise because they think it is legal, it is safe.'

    The Home Secretary has rejected claims he is not moving fast enough to deal with the problem.

    Alan Johnson said: 'We are cracking down on so-called 'legal highs' which are an emerging threat, particularly to young people.

    'That is why we are making a range of these substances illegal from today with ground-breaking legislation which will also ban their related compounds.

    'We are sending out a clear message to anyone who is thinking about experimenting with them, particularly over the festive period, that not only are they putting themselves in danger they will also be breaking the law.'

    A Home Office spokesman also confirmed they were continuing to monitor the risks and harms of other currently legal substances, including Mephedrone - thought to be the most popular legal drug on the party circuit.

    The spokesman said that the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drug was currently looking at those substances as a matter of priority and their advice would inform the response of ministers.

    For Maryon Stewart, a more wide-ranging prohibition of legal highs cannot come quickly enough. Every day that passes, she believes puts more people at risk.

    She said she had already been robbed of a precious daughter - and no one else should have to suffer that.

    December 24, 2009
    Big Pond News
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