Bans on legal highs will drive booming trade underground, drug experts warn

EU agency report says market is growing rapidly, with two new substances a week being identified, and is increasingly hard to control
The Guardian (UK)
Thursday, June 4, 2015

The booming trade in legal highs will go underground in the face of blanket bans, such as that now being debated in Britain, European drug experts have warned in the annual report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). They say online "grey marketplaces" selling new psychoactive substances (NPS) and greater use of social media are emerging as alternatives to the high street "head shops" and public websites likely to be shut down by laws enforcing a blanket ban on the trade. (See also: Legal highs: which drugs will be banned in the UK?)