A debate on the damaging effects of legal highs saw Milton Keynes MP, Iain Stewart, speak out in Westminster yesterday.
A recent survey reported one percent of people in the UK were using NPS, better known as legal highs, as a first drug of choice but, in Milton Keynes that figure was at six per cent.
Mr Stewart joined MPs across the UK to voice their concerns on the growing problem of legal highs, which has seen related deaths in Milton Keynes rise in recent years from 10 in 2009 to 68 in 2012.
“I feel very strongly about this issue,” said Mr Stewart.
“It first came to my attention after a meeting with a constituent at one of my surgeries.
“I was deeply concerned to hear how legal highs became a route in which a successful A* student spiralled into a world of drugs and addiction.
“Over the last year I have kept a keen eye on the situation and I am worried that young people in Milton Keynes are suffering from dependency on legal highs.
“I felt it was important to get my views across in the debate today and I will certainly continue to work hard on this issue. There is no doubt we need to work towards better awareness, prevention and education.”
To read the debate visit, www.theyworkforyou.com/debates