Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will travel to China today in a bid to crack down on the manufacture and sale of so-called legal highs.
“We are all aware of the misery caused by these psychoactive substances or so-called legal highs.
“These toxic substances destroy people’s lives and have been linked to countless deaths.
“While we have been able to limit the sale of some of these dangerous drugs in Ireland, others are still available and continue to put lives at risk.
“Many of these drugs are manufactured in China and end up on our streets across Ireland.
“My fellow members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee are travelling to China to look at what can be down to combat the manufacture of these psychoactive substances and what can be done to stem the flow.
“We will meet a range of groups during our visit, which will last for four days.
“It is important that the trade in these drugs is stopped before any more lives are lost.”