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Government announces review of legal highs

Laws and enforcement around legal highs will be reviewed by the Government to see if they can be improved, the Home Office has announced. Widening legislation so police and law enforcement agencies have better-tailored powers will be considered.

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Deaths linked to legal highs soared by 80% last year

  • Official figures reveal that the number of deaths being linked to legal highs soared by 80% last year to 52, from 29 in 2011.
  • Ten "legal highs" were identified last year for the first time in the UK by a specialist Government system that targets music festivals and tobacco shops.
  • A total of 27 new psychoactive substances, also known as legal highs, have now been detected by the Home Office's Forensic Early Warning System since it was set up in January 2011.

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