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As we speak, Parliament is debating a plan to outlaw a raft of legal highs not currently covered by existing drug laws, to which the government refers as 'New Psychoactive Substances' or NPS for short.
The plan has revived an old debate about how we define 'drugs' in the first place, how we decide which ones should be legal and which should be banned, and why. What makes this plan so controversial is that it defines drugs as any substance that can have a psychoactive (mind altering) effect.
It doesn't take an expert to figure out that such a definition could just as easily be applied to alcohol, tobacco, or coffee, as it could to cannabis, cocaine, and heroin. So, why are the first three considered household goods that we enjoy every day and the last three stigmatised as illicit and harmful substances?
David Nutt, the former chair of the UK's advisory committee on the misuse of drugs until 2009, and now an ardent campaigner for overhauling the UK's drug laws naturally has a view, which you can read here. But, as ever, we want you to decide.
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