Study call after Jersey drug use changed 'dramatically'

A syringe and razor blade for heroin and cocaine
Image caption Patterns of drug use have changed in Jersey since the last study in 2001, says Mr Gafoor

Drug users in Jersey are turning to prescribed drugs and legal highs as patterns of use "change dramatically", an expert has said.

Michael Gafoor, director of the alcohol and drugs service, said a shortage of heroin had led to many addicts turning to synthetic alternatives.

He claims new so-called "legal highs" have replaced cocaine and ecstasy for many users.

And he called for a study in to drugs use as the last one took place in 2001.

He said: "Patterns of drug use have changed since that time, more legal highs, synthetic opiates, prescribed drugs and less heroin available.

"I think it is appropriate to repeat aspects of that report in order for us to develop appropriate treatment and prevention strategies."

No one at Jersey's health department was available to comment.

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