An addict who has used monkey dust for five years has described taking the drug as “soul-destroying”.
He was speaking as a taskforce, looking at how to tackle problems caused by the psychoactive substance, begins work in Stoke-on-Trent.
The government is considering reclassifying the synthetic drug, making it what is called a Class A substance – the most serious for sentencing in courts.
The anonymous addict has been speaking to BBC Midlands Today’s Liz Copper.
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