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  1. chillinwill
    PARTYGOERS are being warned not to spoil their festive celebrations by taking illegal substances.

    Some 'legal high' drugs have now been relabelled as illegal. But at least one highly dangerous substance is still within the law.

    And police are urging revellers to steer clear.

    Just before Christmas, a group of what were termed 'legal highs' were classified as Class B and C drugs - making them illegal.

    Force drugs co-ordinator Bryan Dent said: "The government became so concerned about the adverse health effects of a number of substances, they have made them illegal to possess or supply."

    Recently, a smoking/ herbal mixture known as SPICE became popular. SPICE has been found to have been treated with a chemical which mimics the effects of THC – the ingredient found in cannabis.

    Mr Dent said: "SPICE was legal to sell and possess, usually from Head Shops and the internet. But now anyone found selling or in possession of SPICE which has been treated with certain chemicals is committing an offence for which they can be arrested. SPICE has become a Class B drug."

    GBL (Gamma – Butyrolactone ) – although this colourless, oily liquid has a bona fide industrial use as a paint/varnish stripper and stain remover, it has also become popular on the recreational scene.

    Mr Dent said: "Possessing or selling GBL for human consumption is now a criminal offence. Its effects when taken can be deadly – especially alongside alcohol."

    Other substances now illegal to possess and sell include BZP and certain anabolic steroids.

    Mr Dent said: "We want partygoers to enjoy themselves, but also stay healthy. We don't get pleasure from informing parents and loved ones that their son or daughter has become seriously ill or died because they have been consuming drugs thought to be harmless. There is no such thing as a harmless drug."

    Mephedrone, also known as M Cat or Meow, is also giving police cause for concern.

    It is usually a white powder but is in fact plant food. It can be taken orally or snorted, but it is harsh on the nostrils and causes severe nose bleeds. It can cause blurred vision, increased perspiration and increased risks of fits and seizures, breathlessness and high blood pressure.

    Mr Dent said: "Although it is not a controlled drug, in other words not illegal to possess, it is dangerous for humans to consume. A number of people have taken it and ended up in hospital."

    December 30, 2009
    Dewsbury Reporter


  1. kimotag
    Is there really any evidence to suggest that just because something is currently legal that people think it 'harmless'? Most people have more sense than that. Its just an argument to back up the prohibitionist stance in Swim's opinion. After all alchohol and tobacco are legal, but everyone knows that they aren't good for you!!
  2. SWIMclub
    Actually, here in the States, SWIM and some of SWIM's friends have been indulging in legal herbs such as K2 and others. In pondering it, SWIM wonders how safe that stuff may be, compared with illegal substances which are know, proven to be safe over many many years. SWIM wonders if SWIM and SWIY may be setting themselves up for severe lung diseases and disorders by using them... and finds yet another reason to just legalize cannabis, rather than pushing people towards unknowns.
  3. Oxy Moron
    The difference between these drugs and alcohol/tobacco is that they're instantly lethal, and also relatively untested. With all these ridiculous laws placed on the use of some illegal drugs, of course something passing through to shelves will have the cover of being harmless. Some people still huff without the realization their highs are achieved through oxygen being cut off from the brain. Old or new, if obtaining a drug is done in a legal way there's just something that tells the ill-informed they're less harmful.
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