Commissioner welcomes new substance ban

Vera Baird is backing calls to bring the drink-drive limit in line with Scotland's.
Vera Baird is backing calls to bring the drink-drive limit in line with Scotland's.

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has welcomed the news that the Government will place a ban on new psychoactive substances, which was announced in the Queen’s Speech yesterday.

Mrs Baird has been a long-term campaigner on this issue, both during her time as Police and Crime Commissioner and before she took the role.

Before her election, she raised the issue with the Home Secretary and vowed to continue raising it at the highest level of government.

Mrs Baird said: “I have made my feelings on these substances well known in the past and have previously called on the Home Secretary to deliver on her Government’s policy to tackle legal highs and take strong action against those who sell such products.

“I of course welcome the news that we will finally see a blanket ban on new psychoactive substances which are just as capable of having devastating effects on those who use them as class A drugs. ”

“Once we have the powers locally, I will ensure our officers do everything in their power to stop their sale and prevent people getting addicted to these substances.”

Legal highs produce similar effects to illegal drugs but are not yet controlled.