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Legal high clampdown imminent

Wednesday November 18 2015

Dan Jarvis MP Dan Jarvis MP

A BARNSLEY MP has vowed to work with police to ensure the selling of 'legal highs' doesn't go underground after they are banned in the New Year.

A blanket ban on the buying and selling of legal highs is due to come in April - and it is expected that many shops will be forced to close.

MP Dan Jarvis added: “When things get banned, they will go underground. The police need to make sure it doesn’t happen and I will be working closely with the Police and Crime Commissioner to make sure the police are ready for that moment.“

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Reply Posted by Tom on Thursday November 19 2015 at 22:55
One only need look at Mephedrone, it was a legal high, it was made illegal, the trade went underground, and it is still traded and consumed in Barnsley.

The trade of legal highs remains in the open, but it has also led to an open air market, and in addition to the open air market, it has already gone underground, and the people who have been openly selling the drugs on the street, are aware they are being followed and monitored by uniformed and plainclothed officers.

Credit where credit is due, DJ has thought a step ahead. The only problem is, people adapt rapidly to policing tactics, and they have already adapted to the tactics that are being used. The open air market sellers aren't as stupid as one would hope, and they will operate underground when the ban comes in, they are already doing so, and it is not just the open air sellers who are operating underground so to speak, they are just the most visible as they are openly selling in the street and asking random members of the public if they would like to purchase legal highs and sometimes other drugs.

The police haven't the resources to tackle the problem, and they never will have enough resources to tackle the black market trade in prohibited, controlled and highly taxed goods, in particular, drugs.

What we will see is an increase in harm from the ban of legal highs, it was prohibition which drove the trade in legal highs and increased harm in the first place.

The sad thing is, the waste of human capital, the people in our town being ruined. I have seen with my own eyes, the youth coming through. From school to employment, higher education, apprenticeships, dole, the sick, NEET. From employment/education/training/dole/NEET to education/training/dole/NEET/drug using and drug dealing. From all of the above to all of the above and to prison and death.

Many people will get through life and succeed, they will grow up to be good citizens, but too many are struggling and failing to achieve very basic standards of living.

One young lad who can be seen under the influence and partaking in petty crime in the town stands out in particular to me, from conversations in the street and the visible deterioration in his quality of life, prospects and in turn his character, from school a few years ago to an apprenticeship in a decent trade, but unfortunately he was laid off, to the dole, to drinking, to crime, to drug use, to crime, to drink and drug use and crime. Many would now class the poor soul as scum, few will consider how he ended up where he is.

A lot of the people turning to drugs are doing so out of desperation, a lack of hope and opportunity. Some are using various drugs (including drink) to try to forget about their problems, others are turning to selling drugs because they cannot find work and have no purpose.

We are failing people as a society, and instead of trying to tackle the problems that lead to drug use, society is criminalising and marginalisng people further still.

Seeing people struggle and fail is heartbreaking. It doesn't take much for people to enter the downward spiral, and in this perverted game of life that is akin to snakes and ladders, our youth are given two dice, and a board without ladders, with twelve snakes in a row.

Reply Posted by Zoe Darcy on Friday November 20 2015 at 07:11
More support is needed to put money into why people turn to this lifestyle in the first instance. No homes No Jobs No one to listen mental heath issues and poorly educated about the effects. Cutting off their supply wont stop them what impact will that have on the police and nhs when people suddenly stop using we need to solve the initial problem. These people will do anything so they dont have to face the lives they have. There are many banned substances but when someone is desperate they will do anything just to survive another day of their lives we need to get ambassadors who have made a break from using out in the community educating users.