There was a significant and immediate reduction in admissions to psychiatric facilities after the strict laws banning head shop drugs were introduced, new research shows.
Head shop drugs, officially termed new psychoactive substances (NPS), started to become popular in Ireland in late 2009. By 2010 there were dozens of shops around the country selling the substances with little or no regulation.
The phenomenon was linked to increased reports of psychiatric issues among young people as well as more muggings by addicts to get money for drugs.
Source: Conor Gallagher, The Irish Times, 8th April 2019