Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has described the rise in the popularity of ‘legal highs’ as a ‘national emergency’.
The Labour politician spoke out in Parliament after organisers of several UK festivals including Glastonbury and Bestival banned the sale of legal highs.
Mr Perkins said the use of the substances had turned part of Chesterfield town centre into a ‘no-go area’, claiming they fuel anti-social behaviour.
He said traders were ‘mocking the law’ and called for councils to be given more power to deal with problems.
Described the problem as a ‘national emergency’, he added: “Some retailers are mocking the law, laughing at powerless regulators, while visiting misery and mayhem on our communities.
“The time has come to decide whether we are willing to have that happen or whether we are seriously and finally going to act.
“We need to see a real sense of urgency on this. I think it is a national emergency.”