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Local DUP Councillors respond to family demands to tackle ‘Legal Highs’

Saturday 25th July 2015

Following the appalling and senseless death of Adam Owens (17) in Newtownards less than two weeks ago after allegedly taking ‘Legal Highs’ two local DUP Councillors are putting forward a Motion to the new Ards and North Down Borough Council to help address this problem.

Local DUP Councillors respond to family demands to tackle ‘Legal Highs’

Following the appalling and senseless death of Adam Owens (17) in Newtownards less than two weeks ago after allegedly taking ‘Legal Highs’ two local DUP Councillors are putting forward a Motion to the new Ards and North Down Borough Council to help address this problem. 

This will ask for new legislation to be expedited through the Home Office to ban the sale of these in the United Kingdom both in shops and online. These ‘New Psychoactive Substances’ or ‘Legal Highs’ (as they are commonly termed) get around current legislation by exposing a loophole in UK law which allows them to be marketed for other uses. 

Cllr Peter Martin

“There are a number of steps which must be taken to sort out this problem but when I heard Adams father Carl say ‘Legal highs killed my son – ban them and nobody else will have to go through this hell’ I felt a personal responsibility to do whatever I could. I know that many agencies such as FASA already do brilliant work educating young people and their parents regarding the dangers of drugs but everyone has a role to play. Therefore I am calling for Council to write to the Home Secretary to expedite appropriate legislation to ban these drugs which should be called ‘Lethal Highs’. We are also asking Council Officers to see if we can take action against the sellers in our Borough, similar to that taken successfully by Belfast City Council.”

Cllr Wesley Irvine

“It is vitally important that legislation is brought forward to ban the sale of new psychoactive substances known as legal highs. It is wrong that once one type of substance is banned that a slight variation replaces it and is allowed to be sold legally. “

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