The government has introduced a temporary emergency ban on some of the most popular forms of "legal high" drugs you can buy online in the UK, with five of the most potent chemical compounds added to the banned substances list from midnight.
The 12 month temporary ban is to give the independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs some breathing space to come up with a proper strategy and decide if they should be classified as controlled drugs or not, with, for now, five compounds related to methylphenidate now illegal and therefore likely to earn anyone selling them some trouble.
Ethylphenidate, which is sold on the street under the comedy brand names of Gogaine and Burst and is said to be some sort of equivalent to cocaine in the effect it has on your body and brain, is now illegal. So too are its formerly legal high friends known as 3,4-Dichloromethylphenidate, Methylnaphthidate, Isopropylphenidate and Propylphenidate.
So back to having six pints of Stella after work on an empty stomach it is, then, if you want to feel like you're the ultimately powerful and incredibly amusing king of the entire world while also staying on the right side of the law. [Gov.uk]