Call for 'legal high' law clarification

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29 May 2015
Rosie has asked for clarification over the government's plans to curb so-called 'legal highs'.

Rosie has previously written to Home Secretary Theresa May calling for tougher action, including new legislation, to be taken to tackle the scourge of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in Doncaster.

Doncaster Council have taken action using existing powers regarding anti-social behaviour, to quickly close down the shops but they have simply moved and opened up again elsewhere.

Rosie said: "These drugs can neither be assumed to be safe nor legal, and the premises that sell them are a blight on Doncaster and many other towns and cities across the country. The Government also need to consider how we can improve education, support and health services in order to reduce drug use and associated crime."

A recent report commissioned by South Yorkshire Police revealed that officers have seen a marked increase in the number of premises/market stalls selling NPS and officers in the borough have noted a number of instances of anti-social behaviour from users of legal highs.

The report also lists a number of worrying and unpredictable effects from some NPS substances, including convulsions, siezures, agitation, elevated blood pressure, acute kidney injury and tachycardia.

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Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central
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