Police chief demands tougher action over legal highs

CALL FORB ACTION ... Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird.
CALL FORB ACTION ... Northumbria Police Commissioner Vera Baird.

A POLICE boss has called for tougher action on tackling legal highs.

Vera Baird QC, Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Police, wants stronger action taken against those selling the products.

Legal highs produce similar effects to illegal drugs such as cocaine and Ecstasy but are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Mrs Baird wants the Government to do more to tackle the problem.

She said: “I appreciate the Home Office has recently announced banning some of the substances used, but more needs to be done.

“We know the problems involved with tackling those who make the substances, as they change the ingredients to get around the law, so let’s give the Police and Trading Standards the tools to confront those businesses who sell these products.

“Let’s be under no illusion, I want to see legal highs banned – how this is done must be dealt with by the Government.

“Once we have the powers locally, we will implement them to ensure that we do everything we can to stop people getting addicted to these drugs.”

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) cannot be sold for human consumption and are openly marketed with this warning. However, some others are sold as bath salts or plant food to get around the law.