Views sought on new powers to tackle ‘legal highs’

Published on 24 October 2016

PEOPLE in Leicester are being asked if they would support the introduction of new powers for the police to help tackle the use of so-called legal highs.

New psychoactive substances (NPS) are a range of drugs designed to have the same effects as established illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy.

They include nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, which has several legitimate uses but can result in death.

The city council is considering introducing a citywide Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which would give the police additional powers to enforce controls on the use of the substances.

 The consultation aims to find out how much awareness there is about NPS, and whether there is support for new police powers to be introduced.

In May this year it became illegal to supply or sell NPS, and a conviction can lead to a seven-year prison sentence.

The consultation will run until October 30. More details and the questionnaire are available at:

https://consultations.leicester.gov.uk/city-development-and-neighbourhoods/new-psychoactive-substances-nps-consultation

Paper copies of the consultation are available from city council community centres, libraries and customer service centres.

Support and advice on tackling drug abuse is available from Turning Point by calling 0330 303 6000.