Historic Lincoln, a popular UK tourist and weekend destination banned legal highs early in 2015 and the consumption of alcohol in city centre public areas.
This coming weekend police will be out in force to make sure that the new rules are obeyed with suspicious and banned items being confiscated and on the spot fines of £75 possible.
The ban came into force on April 1, also known as All or April Fool's Day in the UK. In the day the ban came into force some of those caught were able to avoid a fine and were offered substance abuse treatment.
Part of the police view is that "“A lot of vulnerable people, such as the homeless, have suffered from the effects of legal highs and part of our strategy is to safeguard them and get them specialist treatment."
The term legal high seems at odds with a ban.
Either a substance is banned or it is not. The problem for law enforcement officers is that these can include items with other everyday uses. Remember glue-sniffers of a few years ago? They took a substance used by many for everyday uses and found a way to use and abuse it.
Part of the problem with so-called legal highs is that manufacturer's often change ingredients including a banned substance. It is a policing nightmare.
Users are also warned that the term legal-high is misleading in many ways. It is illegal to be in possession of many of these products and to supply them.
Using legal-highs is also similar to playing Russia Roulette; you may indulge your whim for a laugh or due to peer pressure but you could the one who ends up dead.
Legal-highs are far from safe.
The fact the Lincoln police can also confiscate a can for booze or bottle of wine if you are drinking in the city may be understandable but has a whiff of Big Brother to it.
The idea behind the ban is to make the streets safer, respectable especially for visitors, and cut down on booze related crimes and fights.
In summer cities like Lincoln are busy with huge numbers of visitors swelling the population.
Opinion: The ban on outdoor booze has a nanny-state feel to it but overall it has to be good news.
UK deaths from legal highs have sharply risen in recent years. In April Adam Owens, 17, a teenager from Count Down, was discovered on Monday, lying on grass outside a house in Bristol Park in the Westwinds estate, Newtownards.
"His parents said the drugs transformed him "from a happy intelligent young man into a suicidal teenager"."
There is a growing campaign to get legal highs banned in the UK.
In November 2014 the government vowed to implement a ban; in April the government imposed a 12-month ban on five compounds related to methylphenidate, a class B drug, due to concerns about their misuse. A number of 'Head' shops were closed as work to implement a ban kicked in.
But those making money just move on and create the next new legal high.
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