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Swindon Advertiser: Chris Scott, who died after taking a legal high Chris Scott, who died after taking a legal high

THE family of Christopher Scott have welcomed support from the Prime Minister in their campaign to ban legal high AMT.

David Cameron supported calls for the synthetic drug, alpha-methyltriptamine, to be outlawed during Prime Minister’s Question Time in Parliament yesterday.

Cameron was responding to a question from South Swindon MP, Robert Buckland, who asked whether the PM would do anything to see the drug outlawed after the death of 23-year-old Chris Scott.

The father-of-three from Parks died from multiple organ failure last July after trying the little green pill marked with a US dollar sign.

In Parliament, Mr Buckland said: “Last year, one of my constituents, 23-year-old Christopher Scott, died as a result of taking the so-called legal high AMT—alpha-methyltryptamine. Will my right honourable Friend support my calls and those of the coroner and Christopher’s family to ensure that this dangerous drug and others like it are outlawed?”

Mr Cameron said more needed to be done to get dangerous substances off on the market.

He said: “Let me offer my condolences to the family. With the rules that we have, hundreds of legal highs have already been banned. Our temporary drug orders allow us to outlaw substances within days of them coming on the market.

“However, we are not complacent and we have asked the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs to renew our definitions of controlled drugs to ensure that we capture these newly emerging substances when there is evidence of harm.

“There is more work to be done here, but my right honourable Friend the Home Secretary is absolutely on it.”

Following Chris’ death last year his family started a campaign to raise awareness of the effects of the drug in an attempt to prevent further tragedies happening.

Last month they heard a Government review would take place into the industry following an increasing number of deaths.

Christopher’s father, Mike 48, said: “It’s about time. I know they have to go through processes but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

“We were told a review was going to be going on and we weren’t going to hear anything until the spring, so anything that happens before that can only save more lives.”

Robert Buckland said: “I was encouraged to hear that the Prime Minister is supporting our calls to get AMT banned. “The Government has already made it easier and quicker to get so-called ‘legal highs’ outlawed, with several hundred drugs criminalised as a result of drug banning orders. “I warmly welcome their new review into the process. “We need to make sure that as wide a range of of these dangerous drugs as possible can be banned.”

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8:31am Thu 9 Jan 14

house on the hill says...

Really not sure about all this fuss. Illegal drug taking is still rife and legal high such as alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs kill tens of thousands each year and alter the lives of ten times that so this really is a drop in the ocean. Sadly he made a conscious decision to take something that wasnt even designed as a drug and he lost out.

Yes its very sad, but you will never stop people taking those risks, legal or illegal. Its just a political headline grabber.
Really not sure about all this fuss. Illegal drug taking is still rife and legal high such as alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs kill tens of thousands each year and alter the lives of ten times that so this really is a drop in the ocean. Sadly he made a conscious decision to take something that wasnt even designed as a drug and he lost out. Yes its very sad, but you will never stop people taking those risks, legal or illegal. Its just a political headline grabber. house on the hill
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9:03am Thu 9 Jan 14

PaulD says...

Cannabis, ecstasy and coke might be illegal, but due to the vast number of people that take them regularly, it is known that there is a relatively low risk of ill-health or death.

The legal highs, do not have that history, but the label of 'legal' lowers the risk-factor for most people and makes them sound safe.

Making them illegal, will not only take away that flimsy safety-net of apparent safety, but will make them more difficult to get hold of in the first place. At least long enough for the fashion for them to tail off.
Cannabis, ecstasy and coke might be illegal, but due to the vast number of people that take them regularly, it is known that there is a relatively low risk of ill-health or death. The legal highs, do not have that history, but the label of 'legal' lowers the risk-factor for most people and makes them sound safe. Making them illegal, will not only take away that flimsy safety-net of apparent safety, but will make them more difficult to get hold of in the first place. At least long enough for the fashion for them to tail off. PaulD
  • Score: 3

10:34am Thu 9 Jan 14

ChannelX says...

An easy one for the PM - sure, ban AMT - but the reality is that there are virtually limitless variations of all legal highs waiting to be released once the latest one has been banned.

The laws of chemistry mean that government legislation will never be able to keep up.
An easy one for the PM - sure, ban AMT - but the reality is that there are virtually limitless variations of all legal highs waiting to be released once the latest one has been banned. The laws of chemistry mean that government legislation will never be able to keep up. ChannelX
  • Score: 3

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