Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

End Killer Red Tape

In the light of the recent publicity surrounding mephedrone - the deaths it's been linked to, the easy slide into addiction and dependency it's associated with and its ease of availability which is reportedly causing hundreds of sick days at schools across the UK - why, why, why is this drug still legal and available for purchase on line?

The Government wants a full investigation into mephedrone. Until this investigation has been conducted the drug remains legal and widely available.

Why can't the Government use some common sense and take the premise of our judicial system, if they don't have the brains to take sensible, swift action in these sorts of situations.

Our courts deem the accused innocent until proven guilty - but if there is concern the accused poses risk, do you think that person would be left walking around on the streets of the North East. No, they would be on remand. So what I don't understand is why the Government can't put mephedrone on remand?

If Labour want to commission reports and investigations to supposedly make sure they know all of the facts and have "covered their backs" then fine if that's what their endless red tape procedures tell them - but temporarily ban mephedrone. Take this drug off the internet and streets.

Last night the Government gave the 29th March as the date they would have the report findings. If you read the Telegraph today though it suggests the report won't be ready by then, so the drug won't be banned until at least the summer - because of the sacking of Prof David Nutt - in yet another Government spin.

I understand people will stay take mephedrone, even if it is banned - we only need to look at usage of other illegal drugs. But I am sure making it illegal would remove it from the accessibility of many users, particularly school children - and combined with the decreased accessibility, I am sure there are many people who would think twice about taking this drug which as it stands is a "legal high."

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