MSPs continue to debate 'new psychoactive substances'
MSPs continued debating how best to tackle 'new psychoactive substances' or 'legal highs', in the second part of the debate on the issue on 6 February 2014.
Official figures for 2012 show five drug-related deaths in Scotland were attributed solely to new psychoactive substances, while the presence of the drugs were evident in a further 47 cases.
The Scottish government has said although reclassification of drugs is reserved to the UK government, it had been working with the Home Office and Police Scotland to identify and tackle the supply of new psychoactive substances threatening public health.
More than 200 of the substances have been banned since the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition came to power in 2010.
You can view part one of the debate here: Psychoactive Substances in Scotland debate 1