Highways and Buyways: a snapshot of UK drug scenes 2016

A new survey of the street drug market in the UK by DrugWise the online drug information service, has concluded that the primary aims of the PSA which came into force in May 2016 have been achieved. Firstly to close down retail outlets for so-called ‘legal highs’ and second to stop the legal cat and mouse game whereby a drug would be banned only for the chemists to render the drug legal once more by slightly changing the formula.  However, of the new drugs, synthetic cannabinoids collectively known as spice in particular, have become street drugs alongside heroin and crack causing continuing problems for vulnerable groups including the rough sleeping and homeless communities and those in prison.

Other key findings include:

  • Unprecedented purity levels for heroin, cocaine, crack and ecstasy
  • Confirmation of the changing nature of drug distribution  networks
  • Significant non-medical use of prescription and over-the counter drugs

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