A PARLIAMENTARY meeting has been held for organisations across the country to talk about how they are dealing with antisocial behaviour created by the use of so-called legal highs.
A group of councils, police forces, and other organisations attended the meeting on Novel Psychoactive Substances - as legal highs are officially termed – which was held in Westminster today. I attended, and also invited council officers from Wrexham Council who have been working on the issue locally.
This meeting was called by the All-Party Group on NPS use after I flagged the issue last year. Wrexham hit the headlines last year after issues with NPS users - but it was by no means the only town or city in the country where there were issues.
The group involves many MPs from these areas, and we have asked to councils, police forces and other organisations from across the country about how they have handled the situation in their area.
Today’s meeting looked at some of the findings that work uncovered, and brought together people who have been at the front end of tackling this issue. It was also designed as a forum where ideas can be shared – so that towns like Wrexham can learn more from what has been done in cities like Manchester – and vice versa.
I’d like to thank David Hanson MP, who chaired the meeting very well, Lee Robinson and Paul Firth from Wrexham Council, and everyone else who attended. This is a complex problem with no easy solutions, but today’s meeting has given everyone who attended something to build on.