So-called legal highs in the UK are not safe and from Midnight Wednesday May 25 will be illegal.
But for many the jury is out with claims that the status change to illegal will not save lives but may increase deaths and questions about how the ban will be policed.
Sussex police say online "New legislation on so-called 'legal highs' will be policed in a practical and proportionate manner when it becomes law on Thursday 26 May."
Tuesday the Daily Mirror reported "Four patients are among nine people to have collapsed in a small northern town in just four days after taking the psychoactive substances." That report continues:
The latest victims were rushed to hospital yesterday [Monday] with one of them currently in a life-threatening condition, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Currently so-called legal highs are made up of damaging chemicals but that 'legal' status has invariably conned some users they were safe to use.
From Midnight Wednesday the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 will come into force and that legal status will change to illegal.
"A psychoactive drug, psychopharmaceutical, or psychotropic is a chemical substance that changes brain function and results in alterations in perception, mood, or consciousness."
ITV news has the following useful information:
What are "legal highs"?
Dodgy suppliers and unknown substances have resulted in the use of legal highs causing injury and death.
But will users quit or simply move on to existing illegal substances?
"Head shops" that have stocked legal highs can expect a visit or two from local police officers. They have been given time to adjust their stocks inline with the new Act.
Police say that the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 will enable them to move on new substances much quicker.
An assortment of psychoactive drugs—street drugs and medications:
2. crack cocaine
3. methylphenidate (Ritalin)
5. MDMA (Ecstasy)
6. mescaline (cactus)
7. LSD blotter
8. psilocybin mushroom (Psilocybe cubensis)
9. Salvia divinorum
10. diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
11. Amanita muscaria mushroom
12. Tylenol 3 (contains codeine)
13. codeine with muscle relaxant
14. pipe tobacco
15. bupropion (Zyban)