Scottish Government to tackle legal highs

Cllr Topping at the meeting in Edinburgh
Cllr Topping at the meeting in Edinburgh

Fraserburgh Councillor Brian Topping attended a meeting giving Trading Standards Scotland (TSS) increased powers to tackle legal highs.

The New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) Guidance launched on the 15th of September in Edinburgh.

The guidance has been developed by the TSS team based within the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) and endorsed by the Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland and funded by the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills to work across all 32 local authorities in Scotland.

It is hoped that it will equip TSS with the best guidance to take action against suppliers.

NPSs are often sold on high streets, mislabelled as bath salts or plant foods and usually contain a ‘not for human consumption’ warning.

However, they are believed to be consumed by people for their psychoactive properties.

Between 2009 and 2013, a total of 203 deaths were reported where NPS was present in the bloodstream.

The minister for Community and Legal Affairs, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, said: “We are committed to tackling the sale of NSP, which present a serious risk to user.”