This Is Where Scientists Find Out What’s Really In Legal Highs

As a blanket ban on psychoactive substances moves closer, the Home Office’s legal highs lab have been visited.

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“You’ve absolutely no idea what you’re getting with these things,” government scientist Audrey Smith says as she taps out some powder from a small glossy packet. “Even within the same head shop [a store selling drug paraphernalia], the same packets contain different things. The main drug they’re advertising tends to be in there, but there’ll be a couple of other drugs, some cutting agents. We see some utterly random things that I don’t know are meant to be in there or are in there by accident.”

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