Anderson welcomes European Parliament ban on so-called legal highs
Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson has welcomed a vote in the European Parliament today to ban two potentially lethal so-called legal high substances.
Speaking from Brussels, Martina Anderson said:
"I welcome the fact that the European Parliament has today voted to ban two psychoactive substances, otherwise known as so-called legal highs.
"The substances banned today are both known by the street-name of 'Spice,' a substance which has caused severe psychosis, brain damage, strokes and even deaths.
"Recent years have witnessed a proliferation of new psychoactive substances becoming available which are toxic and lethal.
"They have caused deaths, illness and physcosis and have been linked to people taking their own lives across the world.
"There is a deadly cat and mouse game between the manufacturers of these substances and the authorities because as soon as one variation of a substance is explicitly banned, the manufactures tweak the molecules and it changes the whole structure of the drug, so the drug becomes legal and we have to go through the whole process again.
"We need to see a more robust approach in terms of legislation to deal with these deadly substances in order to protect the public.
"Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for an all-Ireland approach to so-called legal highs so that unscrupulous manufacturers and sellers are not able to exploit partitionist loopholes."