Sinn Fein MEP, Martina Anderson, is visiting China to try and tackle the issue of the manufactoring of ‘legal highs’.
Many of the substances legally available in the North and throughout the rest of Ireland are manufactured in China.
“We are all aware of the misery caused by these psychoactive substances or so-called legal highs.
“These toxic substances destroy peoples’ lives and have been linked to countless deaths,” said Ms. Anderson.
Ms. Anderson said the purpose of her visit to China was to come up with ways to “stem the flow” of legal highs into Ireland.
“Many of these drugs are manufactured in China and end up on our streets across Ireland.
“My fellow members of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee are travelling to China to look at what can be down to combat the manufacture of these psychoactive substances and what can be done to stem the flow.
“It is important that the trade in these drugs is stopped before any more lives are lost,” she said.