Amy Winehouse’s father has issued a warning over legal highs, saying so many new drugs are available to children it is “no wonder parents are in the dark”. Mitch Winehouse also said the under-funding of drug and alcohol education meant a generation of children were being put at risk. He was speaking as he prepared to launch a new education programme for schools with the help of comedian Russell Brand.

His daughter died in July 2011 from accidental alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 after a long and well-documented battle with drink and drugs. 

Mr Winehouse said: “Everyone wants their kids to make informed choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol” The United Nations’ drug watchdog warned this month that a new legal high enters the market every week, with the number of websites selling these so-called designer drugs now at 600.

Britain is at the heart of the trade in these drugs, with an increasing number of deaths, mainly among teenagers, linked to their use.

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