Police in the UK currently do not regularly test drivers for drugs - despite thousands of accidents each year being caused by high drivers.
A mother and her two sons have been jailed over a failed plot to smuggle more than £6 million of heroin from Turkey to Liverpool.
A UK scientist who got funding to begin the world's first magic mushroom depression trial has hit out at rules that have stalled his study.
Vicky Unwin, whose 21-year-old daughter Louise drowned in the bath after taking Ketamine in March 2011, said she was pleased that the ACMD report highlighted the "terrible risks" of taking the drug.
Ms Unwin said she believed that education was key to dissuading young people from taking the drug.
"I do not believe that classification stops people from taking drugs," she said.
– Vicky Unwin
If young people really thought for a moment that by getting used to taking Ketamine they would start to become incontinent, peeing blood and possibly eventually having their bladder replaced, and it will affect their sexual activity for the rest of their lives, then they would never take it.
Government drug advisers have recommended that Ketamine should be upgraded to a Class B drug because it can cause a "range of physical and psychological harms".
Government advisers have recommended that ketamine should be upgraded to a Class B drug because it can cause a "range of physical and psychological harms".
The drug advisory council said people as young as 20 are having to have their bladders removed due to consumption of the drug.
The drug has been used legitimately for more than 50 years, but has become a popular recreational drug, particularly among nightclub users and males aged 20 to 24 around the country, the council said.
Originally designed as an anaesthetic, often used on horses during veterinary surgery, ketamine was banned as a recreational drug in 2006.
An estimated 120,000 people misused the drug in England and Wales in the last year alone, figures suggest.
Party drug ketamine should be upgraded to a Class B substance, government advisers have said.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has recommended that the substance, known as "Special K" to its users, should be reclassified because of the physical and psychological harms it causes.
The drug is currently rated as Class C substance.
ACMD chairman, Professor Les Iversen, warned that ketamine users as young as 20 are having to have their bladders removed due to heavy consumption of the party drug.
The mother of a young woman killed in a head on collision with a drug driver on a country road near Stirling in 2010, has said she is just "existing" after her daughter Rachael's death.
Janice Ward told ITV's Tonight programme: "I would say instead of living life now you just exist because her future was my future. It's just all been taken from me."
Tonight: Drug driving is on ITV at 7.30pm
An ITV Index poll by Comres has found that a quarter of Brits support a "drug driving limit" where those driving "over the limit" should be punished, however 50% disagree.
- 24% agree that similar to current alcohol laws concerning drink-driving there should be a ‘drug driving limit’
- 50% do not support the idea
- Those aged 65+ (30%) are the most likely to support the proposal compared with 19% of those aged 25-34
- 78% say that people caught drug driving should receive the same punishment as people that are caught drink driving
- Less than one in ten (8%) disagree
- 61% agree people should be punished if they are caught having taken any amount of recreational drugs, while 18% disagree
- 88% of those aged 65+ support people who are caught drug driving receiving the same punishment as someone caught drink driving
- 64% of those aged 18-24 support the idea
Drivers in the UK are not tested for drugs on the side of the road, despite it being legal since 2003 as authorities have not found a device up to "British standards", toxicologist Dr Rob Tunbridge told ITV News.
In an Tonight investigation into drug driving, Mr Tunbridge said the Home Office has delayed implemented drug driving testing due to concerns over testing equipment.
Tonight: Drug driving is on ITV at 7.30pm
The Home Office said they were committed to tackling drug driving and that they had approved a new drug testing equipment.
Responding to an ITV Tonight investigation looking into the risk drug drivers pose within the UK, a spokesperson said:
Drug driving devastates families and ruins lives. The government is committed to making our roads safer for everyone by equipping police so they can tackle those who drive after taking drugs.
We have already approved new drug testing equipment which is available for use at police stations and we aim to approve roadside drug testing devices as soon as possible.
There is no such thing as a "typical" drug driver - as those who decide to drug drive can come from "all walks of life", a German police officer told an ITV Tonight investigation.
Bernd Heller from North Rhine-Westphalia Police expressed his surprise that drivers in the UK were not tested for drugs.
In Germany, a country with a much smaller drug problem than the UK, police arrest 30,000 people per year for drug driving, whilst in the UK, the figure is considerably lower.
Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, the ACPO lead for Road Policing who has national responsibility for drug driving, said police simply do not know the extent of the phenomenon.
Speaking to Martin Geissler as part of an Tonight investigation into the risk posed by the crime, she admitted she was worried about the gap in police knowledge on the topic, and said she was pushing for legislation to help officers deal with drug drivers.