The Local Government Association (LGA) – which represents 400 councils – wants the government to adopt a similar approach to so-called ‘legal highs’ as that taken in Ireland.
Instead of banning drugs on a case-by-case basis, Ireland has banned all “psychoactive” – brain altering – drugs and then exempted some such as alcohol.
The LGA says this is the only way to protect young people.
Deaths from so-called legal highs have more than doubled in the past four years – from 26 in 2009 to 60 last year.
Currently in the UK a decision on whether a product is allowed to be sold is made on a case-by-case basis.
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