Legal high drugs to be banned by the governmentThree drugs that produce “legal highs” are to be banned by year-end after at least two deaths were linked to their use. Alan Johnson followed advice from government group the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, to outlaw GBL, a legal alternative to the class C drug GHB, the cannabis substitute Spice and the amphetamine alternative BZP.

Steve Rolles, the head of research at Transform, warned that users could possibly return to the banned drugs the “legal highs” had been expected to replace.

Martin Barnes, the chief executive of the drug information charity DrugScope, supported the ban.