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Legal highs: public protection versus public freedom? - London, 30 March 2015. Hosted by Dr Christian from "Embarrassing Bodies"

The EPIO was holding a public event on new EU proposals to enforce quicker bans on so-called legal highs from being sold to the public. The UK is the joint second highest consumer of legal highs in the EU, with 10% of 15-24 year olds having tried them at least once.

The new rules would cut from 2 years to 10 months the time needed to ban harmful psychoactive substances. In its first reading, the EP voted overwhelmingly by 504 votes to 36 to do so and a deal is now being thrashed out between it and national governments.

Michal BONI, the MEP steering the draft regulation through the European Parliament, led an expert panel at the event in London on March 30th.

Is this an area where tighter rules are needed or an infringement of personal liberty?.



Dr Christian JESSEN, presenter of "Drugs Live", ‘Embarrassing Illnesses’, ‘Supersize Vs Superskinny’, the BAFTA award winning ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ and ‘The Ugly Face of Beauty.’


Michal BONI MEP, Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. Rapporteur for the new psychoactive substances draft legislation
Lord HANNAY of Chiswick, ex-Chairman of the EU Sub Committee on Home Affairs, Health and Education
Mr John CORKERY,  School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire
Edward FOX, Project Co-ordinator at drugs charity Release

The hashtag for the event was: #debateHIGHS


Date: Monday, 30 March
Time: 9.45-10.45 (doors open 9.15)
Venue: Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU