Use of ‘legal highs’ highest in EU
Ireland's young people remain the biggest users of "legal highs" in the EU as the number of synthetic drugs coming on the market increases at an alarming rate, a report has stated.
The findings come despite legislation last year banning the sale of many of the products and the resultant closure of many of the head shops that sold them.
The EU barometer survey of 15 to 24-year-olds, conducted in May of this year, also suggests that all drugs, including heroin, are much easier to obtain here than in most European countries.
Young people in Ireland also attach much less risk to using such drugs than do their counterparts in the rest of the EU.
Source: Ann Cahill, Irish Examiner, 12/07/2011