Illicit drugs 'going out of fashion'

Latest Home Office figures record a decline in illicit drug use in England and Wales, including of mephedrone and Spice
The Guardian (UK)
Thursday, September 27, 2012

mephedrone_copyIllicit drug use in England and Wales is firmly on a downward curve, with the latest annual figures confirming the long-term trend that they might simply be "going out of fashion". The latest figures published on Thursday even record a decline in recently banned so-called "legal highs" such as mephedrone and Spice (synthetic cannabis). "More generally, drug use having become more normalised in society, might then be just as prey to fashion as any other cultural artefact. Drugs don't appear to be 'cool' these days as they once were," writes Harry Shapiro, editor of Druglink magazine.