Note the order of words in the title!
My, but the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs have been busy little bees today.
No sooner did they appoint the Dentist, to correctly constitute the committee following the resignation of Dr Polly Taylor – than he said ‘open wide’ and they shovelled a freshly minted report into our open mouths.
Not so much as a mention of Mephedrone in the press release, but heavily targeted on Tobacco and Alcohol….
Amongst other gems is this one:
* more proactive intervention by the government in limiting the promotion of excessive drinking at further education establishments, with consideration given to encouragement of universities to withdraw financial support from sports and other clubs that promote irresponsible drinking;
Now they may have thought that the man in the street had been fairly placid so far, as he has been pilloried for his drinking and smoking habits – but they have seen nothing yet.
When the Student Union find that their block grant from the University has been cut because they failed to stop students drinking their grant money – there will be blood on the streets!
UPDATE: And exactly 38 minutes after that report was published, Alan Johnson has held a press conference and announced that he is laying a bill before parliament tomorrow calling for Mephedrone to be banned and likewise all similar generic ‘legal highs’ on the basis of the unconfirmed links to 25 reported deaths in which mephedrone has been mentioned. As from tonight all legal shipments of Mephedrone will be intercepted by the UK Border Agency.