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'Legal Highs' no longer legal

May 2016

At midnight on the 25th of May 2016 a blanket ban on new psychoactive substances (NPS), so called “legal highs” came into force.

These types of drugs have been in the press regularly for the last few years due to their easy availability and the fact that a number of people have died after taking them.

NPS drugs are chemicals that give users similar effects to drugs such as cannabis and cocaine. They were previously legal and the law has had trouble keeping up with the new variants of these drugs as they appeared. For example, one such drug, Mephedrone was banned following the deaths of some users. However, because these drugs can be quickly created in the laboratory, slightly different re-synthesised versions of the banned drugs were being created to get around any previous drug specific ban.

The blanket ban has been created to stop the drugs creators from using this loophole to create new drugs.

It is now a criminal act to produce, distribute, sell and supply any of these drugs. Offenders can face up to seven years in prison under the Psychoactive Substances Act.

The new law will also enable the Police to shut down so called high street “Headshops”, shops which sell drug paraphernalia.

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