Leader of Portsmouth City Council backs The News legal highs campaign

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THE leader of Portsmouth City Council has given her backing to The News’ legal highs campaign.

Councillor Donna Jones agrees that the lethal substances have a dangerous impact on youngsters – and says the council is doing all it can to keep them from harm.

The Tory is also supporting the government’s efforts to impose a complete ban on the production, distribution, supply and sale of legal highs by formally adopting the Psychoactive Substances Bill.

It comes as the council launches a drive in schools to educate teachers and children about legal highs, also known as new psychoactive substances.

Cllr Jones said: ‘The effects of legal highs, particularly on young people, can be absolutely devastating, and in some cases can lead to fatalities.

‘The part we play as a city council is pivotal, particularly through our public awareness in places like schools and colleges. I am delighted with the government’s decision to progress the Psychoactive Substances Bill. There is still a long way to go, but this is the first step.’

Cllr Jones wrote to the government earlier this year calling for more to be done about the issue after councillors spoke about the effects the drug has.