Professor Les Iverson, Interim chair, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs gave a superb interview on Today this morning, just before 8am. He’s right, drug policy shouldn’t be knee jerk, but it should take account of what we know about groups of drugs as there is no way the law can keep up with all the emerging ‘legal’ highs.
We should also remember that suppliers are not trustworthy types, and the potential for contamination of products is limitless. Some of the contaminants, such as this case of a mix with manganese, have led to permanent neurological impairment. The message to the public needs to be clear, which is why we support a ‘class D’ catagory to send this message that this drug has been noted, research is underway, in the meantime it’s illegal.
We also agree however that it would be worth revisiting the classification system, not because we are certain that it needs to change, but because a review would be the chance to reassert to the public the threat to their safety, wellbeing, livelihood, family and future that drug-taking represents.