New legislation to prevent harm caused by psychoactive substances
The psychoactive substances act, implemented today, will provide a blanket ban on the production, supply and importation of new psychoactive substances. This legislation will fundamentally change the way forces tackle psychoactive substances and will make new drugs that appear on the market illegal quicker than ever before.
National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for New Psychoactive Substances, Commander Simon Bray said:
“This new legislation is a very positive step forward. It highlights the government’s commitment to supporting law enforcement, including the police, in our efforts to combat dangerous drugs. A blanket ban on new psychoactive substances will make it simpler to deal with those drugs which are unsafe but may not yet be controlled. It will also make it easier to tackle so called 'legal highs' which may contain mixtures including already illegal drugs.
“Forces are committed to reducing the harm caused by all drugs and welcome an educational and preventative approach in the policing of psychoactive substances.”
Read Commander Bray's blog on Psychoactive Substances here