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TSI responds to Government's "legal highs" announcement

Houses of ParliamentThe Trading standard Institute (TSI) has welcomed the announcement that the Government will review the UK's laws and enforcement against new psychoactive substances (NPS).

TSI's joint lead officer for health, Sharon Sawyers said: "It is promising to see that the issue of NPS is being addressed. The Trading Standards Institute acknowledges that the misuse of “legal highs” is an important issue in terms of public health and crime and disorder. 

"The current legislation was not designed to deal with the specific challenges posed by these products – in particular the fact that the formulation is constantly changing makes it very difficult to assess their safety and to protect the public. We would warmly welcome legislation which enables enforcement officers to deal with the risks posed by such products effectively."

DATE: 12 December 2013