PUBLIC URGED TO ‘KNOW THE SCORE’
Stuart McMillan SNP MSP has today welcomed confirmation of the action taken by the Scottish Government and Police Scotland to crackdown on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) otherwise known as ‘Legal Highs’, including the purchase of specialist forensic equipment.
This week, the Scottish Government published a questionnaire on how the identification of NPS can be further improved, including the development of a Forensic Centre of Excellence and better sharing of information with enforcement agencies across the UK and EU.
Details of action taken by the Scottish Government on the issue were confirmed in a Parliamentary Answer to SNP MSP, Graeme Dey MSP, who is a member of the NPS Cross Party Working Group.
Stuart McMillan MSP said,
“The Scottish Government are taking action on all of the recommendations of the NPS Expert Working Group – including contributing to the purchase of specialist forensic equipment to better identify new substances.
Paul Wheelhouse, The Minister for Community Safety has previously written to Inverclyde Council and others to request them to ban NPS in their Public Entertainment Licenses and just last week the Scottish Government provided guidance to support Trading Standards staff in tackling these so-called ‘legal highs.
“We must continue to keep pace with technological developments in this area of legal highs if our police are to stay one step ahead of criminals who exploit our young people and put their safety at risk with these dangerous new drugs.
“That’s why it is very welcome that the Scottish Government and Police Scotland are working hard to get these substances off our streets and catch the criminals who create and sell them.
“Tackling drug-related crime and preventing it’s harmful impact is the duty of all of us, including parents, teachers, local authorities and government – and I know some fantastic work on drug education is already being done.
“For anyone that wants to know more about the risks of so-called legal highs check out http://www.knowthescore.info which has a wealth of useful information.”