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Law Professor part of Expert Review Group reporting on ways to tackle legal highs

03 March 2015

Professor Alison Britton

Professor Alison Britton

Professor Alison Britton, Glasgow School for Business and Society, is one of a number of experts who was part of a report which published its recommendations on new ways to tackle the sale and supply of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), commonly known as ‘legal highs’.

The independent expert review group, which was set up to explore the issue in Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, was tasked with exploring ‘legal highs’ and consider the powers currently available to combat their supply.

The expert group’s recommendations include: restricting the sale of NPS and drug paraphernalia when public entertainment or similar licenses are issued; establishing a national centre of excellence in forensic analysis to detect and identify NPS in Scotland; developing a definition of NPS for adoption across Scotland and producing a tool-kit and operational guidance to help frontline trading standards staff tackle NPS.

Professor Britton, representing the Law Society of Scotland, said: “We were delighted to be asked to be part of this review group and its consideration of this ever changing and challenging area. It is important that we do everything we can to ensure that we protect those who are most vulnerable, through the sharing of information and an effective legislative framework.”