The UK Government has announced that it will be seeking to opt out of the forthcoming EU Psychoactive Substances Regulation, which seeks to regulate new illicit drugs, often refereed to as “legal highs” in the UK.
The Government believes that the specific situation which pertains in the UK, which experiences more cases of new psychoactive drugs than nearly all other EU Member States, requires a different regulatory approach. The Government claims that it requires a more speedy and effective approach to deal with the increased level of activity in this area. Laboratory identification and measurement of these so-called legal highs is paramount in the fight against these substances, many of which can do significant harm to those who abuse them.
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