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Legal Highs Could Face Ban

Wednesday November 12 2014

Dan Jarvis MP Dan Jarvis MP

A BLANKET ban on legal highs is being developed by the government.

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis has campaigned for the measures to be brought into place over the last few months.

He has been working with local residents, the council, the police, councillors and Trading Standards to pressurise local shops to either close down or stop selling the substances.

Home Office minister Lynne Featherstone said: "Work has begun to develop proposals for a blanket ban on the sale of new psychoactive substances.

"We will set out further detail on these proposals in due course."

The substances - which mimic the effect of illegal drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy - are legally available to children to buy.

Dan said: "I welcome the government's decision to develop a blanket ban. This is a potential victory for all those who have campaigning alongside me to rid our communities of these dangerous substances.

"In the last few weeks I have contacted residents who live near the new legal highs shop on Sheffield Road. Many have told me they're very concerned about the effect the shop has had on anti-social behaviour.

"They say they have noticed a definite increase in people loitering and often collapsing near the shop.

"Shops who irresponsibly sell these substances should note that their days are numbered. I will continue to keep up the pressure to ensure that the government keeps to its promise to outlaw these dangerous drugs."

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Reply Posted by lol on Wednesday November 12 2014 at 11:57
It's about time, the chemical compounds in these legal highs are unbelievablely harmful to your body, all because there easy to get their hands on it.

Reply Posted by s on Wednesday November 12 2014 at 12:00
no1 has been passing out mr jarvis there are camera's on sheff road why dnt ya take time out and check um! Its all lies!

Reply Posted by a on Wednesday November 12 2014 at 12:05
and weed hasn't

Reply Posted by Mr C on Wednesday November 12 2014 at 14:25
Legal highs are worst for you than illegal drugs at least hospitals know how to treat you with normal drugs

Reply Posted by Left wing and proud on Wednesday November 12 2014 at 20:22
Sooner or later the drug question needs to be addressed in parliament , herbalist can walk out into the garden and pick native plants that will give an high. So how do we ban a legal high, coffee, alcohol, even sugar are all legal highs, do we have a sliding scale list and say this one should be banned and this one should be allowed. The answer is a lot harder than a simple yes or no.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Wednesday November 12 2014 at 21:07
Just ban the stupid ones like experimental chemical ones and the bath salts and the spice so called incense and leave things like salvia legal

Reply Posted by lee on Thursday November 13 2014 at 00:28
as i work in a drugs project ............ive seen the effects of legal highs to the extreme. i asked a paramedic ( after watching and helping them fetch a overdose client back to life twice) she must be sick of dealing with heroin addicts ............NO she replied...............its people on legal highs that are the problem for us now overdosing on them.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Reply Posted by even better idea on Thursday November 13 2014 at 07:45
Why don't all the druggies go get a jon instead of filling there bodies full of unknown chemicals and wasting paramedics valuable time and there resources.

Reply Posted by june on Thursday November 13 2014 at 10:19
whats a jon

Reply Posted by Sara on Saturday November 15 2014 at 07:32
Thank you Dan Jarvis for continuing the fight against legal highs which have been a blight on our town, damaging the health of those who take them who think because they are legal they are harmless. Let's hope the law banning them is passed as soon as possible.

Reply Posted by Unsure on Sunday November 16 2014 at 19:35
I'm concerned about this ban on blankets, some of us older end can't be doing with them French duvet things.(t.i.c.)

Reply Posted by Dr Debate on Sunday November 16 2014 at 20:02
Mr Jarvis thank you fir your support. Before people say they are not a problemn they are far too many especially young people are experimenting with these drugs. They turn "Mice into Men" however as someone that drinks alcohol regular. It also frightens me to see drugs and alchol mixed by individuals.

We are a country out of control with drug and alchol abuse.

ipso Regulated