'Reform drugs laws to keep up with legal highs', police argue

AUTHORITIES are struggling to cope with ‘dangerous’ legal highs because the drug industry is moving faster than legislation can, police say.

Figures uncovered by The Northern Echo show that legal highs have been implicated in a growing number of incidents investigated by Durham Police in recent years.

Officers believe users are risking their lives by taking drugs that are not tested or regulated and are often mixed with illegal substances.

Between 2012 and 2015, incidents across County Durham involving legal highs escalated from just 13 in 2012 to 92 in 2014-15, according to a Freedom of Information request.

Warning users against the dangers of legal highs – which often attempt to mimic the effect of illegal hallucinogenics, opiates or cannabis - he said many untested substances flooding the market could prove as dangerous as class A substances, especially when combined with other illicit drugs.Inspector Colin Dobson, from the force’s...

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