The Independent has also learned that since the ban, spice and other former legal highs have actually become easier to obtain in some parts of the UK. In Bradford, West Yorkshire, one user said spice could now be ordered like a takeaway . In London, there have been fears that addiction is being fuelled by pushers offering the homeless cut-price deals where instead of selling by weight, they dished out spice according to whatever money was in a rough sleepers pockets. Spice, a synthetic cannabinoid made in backstreet laboratories, has been marketed as man-made cannabis, but users often from vulnerable groups like the homeless say its effects and addictiveness make it more like heroin . The ban on legal highs had outside of prisons only criminalised suppliers, but in December the Government made spice a Class B drug, meaning possession now carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail. Mr Gerrard said there had been an immediate impact on the numbers of people calling Addiction Helper seeking assistance for themselves or a relative who was hooked on spice. Between January and March this year, he added, there had been 20 per cent more calls about spice than in the same three months of last year. The reality is, he said, If you want drugs you will find them. Legal highs are so cheap that in a decade, they will probably outweigh [the problems of] all other drugs put together. Mr Gerrard stressed that he supported the ban on legal highs because he believed that outlawing the head shop trade had potentially prevented an even worse spice epidemic.