New laws aim to clamp down on production and supply of 'legal highs'

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New laws aim to clamp down on production and supply of 'legal highs'

New laws against producing, supplying and importing ‘legal highs’ are set to come into effect across the country tomorrow (Thursday).

It will become an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, import or export psychoactive substances under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.

The act is designed to target those who are producing or supplying the substances, and will carry a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.

It covers all substances which are capable of affecting the central nervous system but excludes everyday substances such as alcohol, tobacco, food, nicotine, caffeine and medical products.

Alkyl nitrates, also known as poppers, will also not be included in the legislation, but nitrous oxide will be included if it is being sold for recreational purposes.

Acting Detective Chief Superintendent Ray Howard said: “I am pleased that Thames Valley Police will now be able to take action to prevent the sale and distribution of these substances, which can be highly addictive and have many associated risks, including negative consequences to a person’s mental health.

“It is important that businesses and the public are aware of the new rules. These new laws are a step forward and will have a positive effect on the Thames Valley.”

For more information and advice contact your local drug treatment centre or Talk to Frank.

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