'Legal highs' ban - New Psychoactive Substances Act

25 May 2016

 IMPORTANT NEWS

From 12.01am tonight 26th May 2016, the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 comes into force.

"makes it an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, possess on custodial premises, import or export psychoactive substances; that is, any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect. The maximum sentence will be 7 years’ imprisonment"

So what does that mean?

It means that it will be illegal to sell, import, supply or possess with intent to supply any legal high that produces a psychoactive effect. Basically all the 'legal highs' that are being sold in shops, online and by dealers will be illegal.

It isn't illegal to possess these substances for personal use, although you'll have to prove they don't contain illegal drugs but it will also be illegal to possess these drugs if you are in prisons.

Why is this happening?

There are huge concerns about the serious health effects of 'legal highs' we know that some of these drugs have been blamed for deaths and  illnesses and the law is there to keep people safe.

We also know that the people making these drugs are not thinking about your health when making them just how much money they can make.

These drugs have never been tested to see if they are safe, they contain chemicals that produce serious side effects and can be extremely addictive.

It is hoped that the new law will reduce availability,

click this link to find out more.....

http://www.itv.com/news/2016-05-25/legal-highs-ban-what-does-the-psychoactive-substances-act-actually-mean/

Want to change your legal high use

if you want to stop or reduce your legal high use then why not contact 360º , we provide a confidential, non judgemental service to young people under 18. Contact 01204 337330 or drop into BASE on Marsden Road

http://www.360substancemisuse.org.uk