The above link is to an article published on the Sky News website that refers to the death of 21 year old, Hester Stewart, who died a few hours after using GBL. GBL is currently legal, although is reported to be classified as class C later this year.
The family has criticised the home office and the ‘Crazy Chemist’ Talk To Frank campaign and state that this young woman would still be alive if she had been aware of the dangers.
There are two points here, one the pointless loss of a young life and the other wider picture: Whist it is clear that classifying drugs as illegal does not stop people from using them, conversely, does classifying drugs as legal make people think they are safe (or at least safer than their illegal alternatives?).
If this is the case then when is education going to change? Isn’t it about time that alcohol and other legal drugs, such as OTC pain killers are considered in the substance abuse equation more readily?
Do you think campaigns like the Crazy Chemist are effective or widespread enough ti actually make a difference?