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TD fought ban on head shops.

Byline: AINE HEGARTY

A FORMER Government Minister yesterday revealed he begged the Health Minister NOT to ban head shops.

Donegal TD Jim McDaid claimed it would be "a huge mistake" to shut the shops. He said: "What I'm trying to say here is that if we ban those drugs we are going to lose control of these drugs to the street people."

He claimed demand for BZP - often referred to as legal ecstasy - increased after a ban last March.

He added: "BZP is now a street drug. We lost control of BZP and now it is a gateway drug because young people on BZP knew it was going to the streets."

Health Minister Mary Harney yesterday pledged legislation to deal with head shops by June.

Fine Gael health spokesman Dr James Reilly said: "Teenagers have reported panic attacks, paranoia, delirium and psychosis."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 5, 2010
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