Turning Point’s Director of Operations for Substance Misuse, Jay Stewart, responds to news of Temporary Drug Class Orders issued on some legal highs.

News item posted: 15 April 2015

Temporary Drug Class Orders have been issued on five so called 'legal highs' related to methylphenidate, including Ethylphenidate (sometimes sold as 'Gogaine' or 'Burst'), making them illegal for up to a year. Responding to the news, Turning Point's Director of Operations for substance misuse, Jay Stewart, said:

“It’s encouraging to see the government taking a considered approach to the very real threat that legal highs pose to communities and individuals in the UK. This order will draw attention to the issue, and allow the gathering of evidence about these substances. It will also enable the development of policy that is effective and appropriate to combat the increasing use of these potentially dangerous substances.

“It is, however, important to remember that legislation can only ever be a part of the strategy to control the harm done by the misuse of legal and illegal substances. It is just as important to make sure that the right kinds of whole-person support are readily available to individuals whose lives have been affected.”