Deadly legal high 'Salty Death' spreads across UK

Sat 25th Feb 2017 by Andrew Huxley

Killer substance available to buy in pubs and cornershops

Killer: just one dose can be lethal

A DEADLY new drug causing chaos on Britain's streets can be bought in cornershops, pubs and even supermarkets, an investigation has found.

The high, known as 'Salty Death', can cause symptoms including swelling of the face and mouth, nausea and difficulty breathing in as many as 1 in 200 people. It is thought to be responsible for up to 10 deaths in the UK each year.

An investigation found it could be bought by children as young as six years old, with a packet of around 60 doses costing just £1. Users say the drug causes short-lived feelings of satisfaction and has a pleasant salty taste.

Ministers today warned that legislation would be necessary to control the spread of the killer substance, also known as 'KP'.

"This substance and others like it have been responsible for the tragic deaths of some 10 young people in the last year alone," said minister for drugs Lynne Featherstone MP. "We will not stand idly by whilst our children put their lives at risk."

The Lib Dem MP said she had asked the government's drug advice panel, the ACMD, for an urgent report with a view to introducing a ban by the end of the year. Officials are thought to be particularly concerned by the emergence of a new 'paste' form of the substance, said to be many times stronger gram-for-gram.

Opinion →

Fortunately, this is satire, and the government aren't about to ban peanuts. However, there are substances that are just as safe and already illegal: psychedelics.

The classical psychedelics are essentially impossible to overdose on, are not addictive and have not been shown to have any detrimental effect on mental health over the longer term. In fact, they can leave people calmer, happier and more open-minded.

Sure, a minority of people do experience adverse reactions (usually those with pre-existing mental health problems). But then a minority of people are deadly allergic to peanuts.

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