LEGAL PARTY DRUGS KILLING ONE PERSON EVERY WEEK – Legal ‘high’ drugs such as ‘meow meow’ ‘black mamba’ and ‘benzo fury’ were all perfectly legal when first introduced to consumers.
A recent investigation from the Office for National Statistics has detailed the alarming rise in the use of ‘legal’ highs and the number of deaths occurring due to their use.
The number of people now dying from the use of such drugs has risen in just one year by over 80% causing the deaths on average of one person every week.
Drugs such as those mentioned above, including ‘mephedrone’ have now been banned after health officials pointed out the clear dangers of using such drugs to illicit a legal high.
Despite banning the drugs the death rate has not declined due to their use which now places these drugs alongside other Class A and B drugs.
The Advisory Council on the Misuses of Drugs (ACMD) is now consulting with Government Ministers one whether similar drugs should be banned or reclassified.
One such synthetic cannabinoids, ‘Mexxy’ has now been classified as a Class B drug due to the clear danger it poses when used.
The AMCD also managed to get ‘NBOMe’ ‘Benzo Fury’ banned from sale after using a temporary Class drug classification and it’s likely, after the 12 month ban expires, that the authorities will give these drugs a Class B classifications in order to make them illegal for purchase or consumption.
The party drug, known as mephedrone, or MCAT, has been banned since 2010 but despite the ban it is still widely used as a party drug; often with devastating consequences.
Recently a number of teenagers and young people have died after using such drugs including Alex Herriot, 19, Aimee Costello, 20 and Ben O’Neil, 15. All were reported to have consumed the drug Benzo Fury.
Another tragedy occurred only a few weeks ago as Adam Hunt died after taking a product named ‘AMT’ which is imported from the Netherlands. Adam Hunt collapsed and died shortly after having consumed the drug.
Whilst deaths from the use of these drugs is low in comparison to other Class A drugs, such as Heroin which killed nearly 600 people last year in the UK, authorities are extremely worried that if these drugs continue to be made available and their use become more widespread this could equal, if not exceed, those killed by Class A drugs.