Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney has said that the Minister of Justice David Ford must do more to prevent legal highs being available to people across the North.
Mr McCartney said,
“I took the opportunity to ask Minister David Ford if there was a co-ordinated approach to tackling so-called legal highs across the North.
“It is well known that these so-called legal highs have resulted in the deaths of people and have caused mental health issues in others. They should be removed from sale immediately.
“While I welcome the fact there is more co-ordination between council groups this is more down to environmental health officers taking the initiative than a planned strategy.
“It is important that we move towards an all-Ireland approach to this problem.
“The Irish government has taken decisive action where any product deemed to be dangerous is immediately taken off sale until it is either proved safe or banned and the minister needs to move similar legislation in the North.”