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UK Ministers to Block Law against 'Headshops'
Date:7/15/2013

LONDON, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Angelus respond: Government is acting, "deaf, dumb and blind" over threat from legal highs.


Patron: The Duchess of Kent

Ambassadors: Baroness Margaret Eaton, Lord Parry Mitchell, Baroness Susan Greenfield, Lord David Puttnam, Cherie Lunghi, Felicity Kendall CBE, Vicky Unwin & Jeff Leach

The Government is today blocking a new law, which would prevent the sale of dangerous drugs in high street 'headshops'. Jo Swinson, Minister for Consumer Protection at Department for Business Innovation and Skills, has played down the significance of legal highs and said action was, "not needed".

An amendment to the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill to be debated in Parliament today, 16 July, would have the effect of stopping high street sellers of legal highs from trading in New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). The Home Office Minister responsible for drugs policy, Jeremy Browne MP, intends to block the new law.  

Maryon Stewart of drugs charity Angelus described the Government as being, "wilfully deaf, dumb and blind," over legal highs.

Northern Ireland's Health Minister, Edwin Poots last week called for the Home Office to take urgent action against headshops following a spate of eight deaths from mystery substances. The UN Office and Drugs and Crime last month estimated the numbers of young people in UK (aged 15-24) who have taken a legal high as 670,000 - by far the highest in Europe.

The founder of Angelus, Maryon Stewart, said: "The Drugs Min
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