Synthetic Drugs To Be Outlawed In NSW

Synthetic Drugs To Be Outlawed In NSW

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has welcomed the introduction of new laws to outlaw the manufacture, supply and advertising of all harmful synthetic drugs (psychoactive substances) in NSW.

“The Liberals & Nationals Government laws will stop any manufacturers or retailers selling these substances in our area and make it clear these products are no longer “legal highs”.

“The laws are the most wide reaching in Australia and are ground breaking because they not only cover known synthetic drugs (or psychoactive substances) but also those that are yet to be developed, subject to appropriate exemptions,” Mrs Williams said.

Anyone caught manufacturing, selling or promoting these substances faces up to two years in prison, more than $2,000 in fines or both.

“The Liberals & Nationals Government will also adopt Schedule 9 of the Commonwealth’s Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons.

“In February 2012 a NSW Parliament Legal Affairs Committee began an inquiry into the issues surrounding synthetic drugs. Its report: Law Reform Issues Regarding Synthetic Drugs was tabled on May 30 this year.

“Just days later the NSW Minister for Fair Trading imposed an interim 60 day product safety ban on synthetic drugs,” Mrs Williams said.

“Fair Trading began its biggest ever compliance blitz visiting more than 1,000 retailers including several in the Hastings area. 65 admitted selling or having possession of synthetic drugs. Six websites were also prevented from selling these products.

“Preliminary Health data shows Emergency Department presentations linked to synthetic drugs has dropped, between March and June 2013 there was an average of 75 presentations per month that fell to 39 in July.

“Within the past month my office has passed on to authorities a report of synthetic drugs still being sold in Port Macquarie. That issue is currently being investigated.

“I urge retailers in the Port Macquarie and Manning regions to ensure they comply with the ban on all synthetic drugs or risk the significant penalties,” Mrs Williams said.

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