Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “I am very pleased that the Government will bring legislation to ban so called ‘legal highs’. These substances should not be available to cause harm and take the lives of people in our society.
“The recent death of Newtownards teenager Adam Owens has shown the importance of banning these substances. I would like to again pass on my thoughts to his family and to those who have lost a relative to these substances.
“I must praise the work of politicians from Northern Ireland, including the Justice Minister, who have brought pressure on the Home Office to bring forward such legislation.”