The grieving parents of a young woman who died after taking a “legal high” drug say Government plans for a temporary ban on such substances will not be enough.I can understand why they feel this way. But shouldn't this be a question for the scientists and legal experts to decide?
Sarah Forsyth, 35, died in August after taking the substance, Ivory Wave, to lose weight.Hang on, to 'lose weight'? So it wasn't a 'legal high', then?
An inquest has yet to be held into her death but her parents, Margaret and Robin Moyle, of Cant Way, Braintree, say they are sure the substance killed Sarah.
They and are now campaigning for a total ban on the sale of such drugs and for greater public awareness of the damage they can cause.
The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill, currently being discussed by MPs, proposes temporary bans on legal highs while their effects are investigated and tough penalties for those caught dealing in them.And if they have other uses, legitimate ones? I guess that's just tough, is it?
Mr Moyle said: “It needs to be a complete ban. The Government should totally ban these substances.”
Braintree MP Brooks Newmark has written to the minister responsible for internet matters, Ed Vaizey, about the fact the drug is still available online.He must realise that if one substance is banned, then they'll just move on to another? Where will all this end?
He said: “I agree if the Home Office deems something to be unsafe and bans it, it should remain banned unless there is scientific evidence to the contrary.
“One year is not good enough. I would like to see legal highs no longer legal.”