I was wondering what everyone's thoughts on this were.
For those that don't know, because there's been a few deaths that may be linked to cases of taking Mephedrone (a currently legal drug in the United Kingdom), the UK Government are rushing through a ban on the drug. In the past they've done the same to other formerly herbal highs like Spice.
Here's an article about it: Guardian.co.uk
I'm still undecided on whether I agree with the ban or not, but I'll give my opinion a little later on.
EDIT: Spelled it wrong. Doh.
They should have a seperate classification for stuff like this to guage how harmful (or not) it is, banning it outright just pushes it underground.
As for the deaths, yeah they were 'linked' to Mephedrone but the two lads that died had been drinking lots of vodka and had taken Methadone (the Heroin substitute) too. I'm no doctor but I'd bet the vodka and Methadone had more to do with their deaths than the Mephadrone.
Also banning it will only serve to bring more 'legal highs' into the forefront.
It's a never ending battle where banning something doesn't work. IMO.