A bereaved mother whose 15-year-old daughter died after taking ecstasy has called for drugs to be legalised.
Alexander Shuglin, known as the 'Godfather of Ecstasy', who discovered over 200 chemical compounds for use in psychotherapy has died.
The Brazilian government is pouring money into dealing with the country's crack problem - but it's an uphill battle.
Legal highs are so popular the only option is to "educate people who are using them" about how they can make safer choices about the drugs they take, an addiction specialist told Good Morning Britain.
Associate medical director of the CRI, David Bremner, said: "In a matter of days a new drug will be released that will have one molecule changed that then beats the law so that it is no longer illegal...all we can do is educate people who are using them on how to make safer choices."
Professor Fabrizio Schifano, CRI's Consultant Psychiatrist, has been at the forefront of collating evidence around the UK's legal high situation.
Speaking about the Strange Molecules campaign, he said:
– Prof. Fabrizio Schifano.
When you think that the UN Office on Drugs and Crime has picked up 348 new psychoactive substances, and that new ones are being developed every week, it's clear that we are only scratching the surface of a serious public health challenge.
What's so worrying is how little is known about these substances, yet they are quickly becoming the drug of choice for many impressionable young people.
If we can dissuade them from taking these dangerous, unregulated drugs by giving them the facts, then we're already winning half the battle."
One of the UK's biggest drug and alcohol charities, CRI, has warned that the UK is "only scratching the surface" posed by Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) or 'legal high' misuse.
As part of its new campaign, CRI has launched strangemolecules.org.uk to keep young people informed of the facts as new drugs are discovered every week.
David Biddle, Chief Executive of CRI, says the charity is committed to informing the debate, he said:
"Some of these substances are highly potent and can be very risky, possibly up to 10,000 times stronger than the street drugs they emulate, with tiny amounts able to trigger extreme psychoactive responses."
A spate of deaths in Northern Ireland have been linked to a new unregulated drug similar to ecstasy, an inquest heard today.
Forensic scientist Dr Bernadette Prentice said 19 deaths between last June and February of this year could be linked to the drug.
A British student, who claims he was tortured by police after being arrested in the United Arab Emirates, has been jailed for nine years for possessing cocaine worth £3.
Ahmad Zeidan, 20, from Berkshire, claims he was tortured into signing a confession after being arrested in December.
"I was made to sign documents in Arabic, a language which I cannot not read nor write. I now understand that I am being charged with possession of a narcotic substance with the intention to traffic," Mr Zeidan said in a statement.
Kate Higham, an investigator with the legal charity Reprieve, described the conviction at a hearing in Dubai as "the result of a shockingly flawed trial process.""The UAE must urgently reconsider Ahmad's case, while the British government must do all it can to push for his release," she said.
Mr Zeidan claims he was held incommunicado for several days when he was hooded, beaten, and threatened with rape.
The drugs - 0.04g of cocaine with a British street value of about £3 - were found in a bag in a glove compartment.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware that a British National has received a custodial sentence in the United Arab Emirates. We are providing consular assistance."
The Press Association have approached councils across the UK and found children as young as four being referred by education and children's services to alcohol and drug specialists.
In the Freedom of Information request, more than half of under-13s - 59% - received treatment for cannabis misuse, while a third were treated for alcohol misuse.
A small number abused solvents.
Eight-year-olds had been referred to services in Waltham Forest and East Ayrshire, while nine-year-olds had been referred in Herefordshire, Liverpool, Oxfordshire, Rutland, the Scottish Borders and West Berkshire.
Authorities in Bury, Calderdale, Halton, Hull, Monmouthshire and Rochdale had seen 10-year-olds referred.
Some 366 children aged 12 or under were referred for treatment in 2012/13 in England, according to the most recent figures from Public Health England, compared with 433 in 2011/12.
Steve McCabe, shadow minister for children and families said he was "shocked" by findings stating children as young as four are being referred to drug treatment centres in the UK.
He said: "The government's current strategy towards drugs isn't working. This highlights the need for an urgent improvement in children and adolescent mental health services".
McCabe continued by saying a previous Home Affairs Select Committee set up "was interested in the way Portugal manages drug problems" and that there needs to be a "proper strategy to deal with many of the challenges of growing up."