Control of online sales of head shop drugs a ‘challenge’
Recent legislation has largely shut down the retail “head shop” trade in psychoactive drugs, but controlling internet-based purchases of the drugs remains a “challenge”, according to a report.
The National Advisory Committee on Drugs has released a research report on these substances and the outlets that supply them.
Head shops had sold chemical substances that imitated the effects of controlled drugs such as cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy. A lack of controls on these designer drugs led to them being referred to as “legal highs”, the report says.
Source: Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 28/06/2011