Councils across England and Wales have called on the government to introduce a ban on the sale of legal highs. The Local Government Association said current legislation was “not fit” for tackling the growing numbers of deaths linked to the substances. Legal highs, described officially as new psychoactive substances (NPS), have been linked to a number of deaths from misuse. They are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act, although individual substances, such as mephedrone, have been outlawed. Lincoln became the first local authority in England to ban people from taking legal highs in public within the city centre, a move recently followed by Taunton Deane, Somerset. Both obtained public spaces protection orders under recent anti-social behaviour laws which allow councils to ban certain “undesirable” activities.
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