Havant MP Alan Mak has backed the government’s plan to ban so-called legal highs.
During Home Office questions in the House of Commons on Monday, Mr Mak said despite overall crime in Havant going down, the sale of so-called legal highs remains a cause of great concern to residents.
They are dangerous substances that are a menace to society, especially young peopleAlan Mak
The MP asked the Home Secretary Theresa May to ensure that local police forces, such as Hampshire Police operating in Havant, have sufficient powers to enforce the ban.
Mr Mak said: ‘So-called legal highs are actually lethal highs.
‘The sooner they are banned the better.
‘They are dangerous substances that are a menace to society, especially young people.
‘We don’t want lethal highs anywhere in Havant.’
Minister of State for Policing and Crime, Mike Penning MP, replied on behalf of the Home Secretary: ‘So-called legal highs or psychoactive substances are a menace to our society.’
He said the psychoactive substances bill, which will ban legal highs, will be debated in parliament later this month.
Mr Mak has also met Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway, Hampshire Police District Commander for Havant, to discuss the impact of legal highs.
Mr Mak has pledged his support for the police in clamping down on legal highs across Havant once the ban comes into force.
The government announced a ban in the Queen’s Speech, and the law is expected to be passed by the end of this calendar year.
‘Legal highs’ that are actually legal contain one or more chemical substances which produce similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy.
The main effects of almost all psychoactive drugs, including ‘legal highs’, can be described using three main categories – stimulants, ‘downers’ or sedatives, and psychedelics or hallucinogens.