Legal highs flooding UK pose immense overdose risk, warns drugs tsar

Users face growing threat from 200-plus synthetic drugs in circulation across UK, says government's chief drugs adviser
The Guardian (UK)
Thursday, May 16, 2013

The chief drugs adviser to the government has given his strongest warning yet on legal highs in Britain, saying there are now more than 200 synthetic psychoactive drugs being sold outside existing laws. He rejected a new approach in New Zealand, which tests and licenses the sale of these new psychoactive substances, as unworkable in Britain, but said a solution might be found by tweaking the Medicines Act or using consumer protection laws.