“Legal Highs” on the Rise

In the digital age, the globalized drugs scene has grown too complex and fractured for existing laws to control—a situation vividly illustrated by the rapid emergence of “legal highs,” officially called novel psychoactive substances (NPS), writes Nicola Davison in The Guardian.

The Chinese are churning out NPSs, which deliver in bulk to the UK, US and Europe. They keep ahead of legal control by tinkering with chemical structures of banned drugs, allowing the new substance to fall outside legislation, yet still mimic the physical effects.

Some believe the answer to the legal high dilemma does not lie in punitive controls and the annual spending of millions of taxpayers’ dollars, but in the introduction of a regulated drug market.

The Guardian

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