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Angelus says Home Office Banning Legal High Benzo Fury is "Papering over the Cracks"
Date:6/4/2013

LONDON, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

The drugs charity Angelus, which raises awareness about the danger of legal highs, derided the Government ban on the drugs Benzo Fury and NBOMe as, "papering over the cracks".

These drugs (seven compounds in total) have been controlled for 12 months under a Temporary Class Drug Order. Angelus maintains that drug controls are not changing patterns of use and that the Government must invest in drug education and legislate to stop the sale of legal highs on the high street.

Last year, a new drug was discovered on average every six days (European Drug Monitoring Centre figures). The untested drugs can be bought very easily from hundreds of high street headshops and online. Hospitalisations from legal highs have increased by 358 percent.

The founder of Angelus, Maryon Stewart , said, "These are dangerous substances: Benzo Fury is a strong stimulant and NBOMe is a powerful psychedelic. So the Government is right to be concerned about them. But the answer cannot be just another series of bans, that doesn't change how young people think or act and to present it as such is just papering over the cracks.

" Drugs education is still optional in this country when young people need to learn about the massive risks they are taking with legal highs. We also want the Government to take firm action against these reckless retailers, like they have in Ireland and Portugal."

Chair of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Prof. Les Iversen said (15 May), "Our problem is to know how many of these are really being used in this country and how harmful they are. This is difficult because we can't possibly address all classes of compound at once, unless we and the government can think of clever ways of regulating."

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