Deaths linked to ‘legal highs’ could overtake those linked to heroin by 2016, according to a new report outlining Britain's addiction problem.
The report by the Centre for Social Justice found:
- 1.6 million English adults dependent on alcohol
- Almost 50,000 heroin addicts have been ‘parked’ on state-supplied methadone for more than four years
- UK’s youth ‘legal high’ use is the highest in Europe
- New powers to punish high street shops selling dangerous 'legal highs'
- Addicts who continually refuse treatment could have benefits reduced
More top news
The traffic on British roads hit its highest ever level last year, with congestion continuing to rise, official figures show.
A number of flood alerts are in place for the tidal stretch of the River Thames after it burst its banks yesterday.
The NHS could save over £8 million a year on dental treatment if all 12-year-olds chewed sugar free gum after meals, a study claims.