PCC welcomes new legislation to end so-called legal highs
Today Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens welcomed new legislation to bring an end to so-called legal highs.
The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 came into force across the country today, under the legislation it is an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply, possess in a prison, import or export psychoactive substances.
Sue Mountstevens said: "I am pleased that the government has recognised the harmful and tragic effects of the so-called legal highs on our communities and particularly our young people. While these substances have been in our towns, cities and on our High Streets many people have been seriously ill and some have even died.
"It will now be easier for the police to shut down the shops and websites selling these drugs but education is also key and we will continue to work with our local partners on prevention and awareness so people are aware of the dangers and the consequences."
A psychoactive substance is defined in the new law as a drug which is capable of affecting a person’s mental functioning or emotional state, but is not currently controlled as a class A, B or C drug.
Psychoactive substances are any substances intended for human consumption excluding legitimate ones, such as food, alcohol, tobacco, nicotine, caffeine and medical products.
The blanket ban on psychoactive substances is designed to get around the issue of suppliers continually offering new drugs which vary slightly in their chemical makeup to replace those already banned under the Misuse of Drugs Act, which is what has been happening over recent years.
Anyone caught breaking the law could be given a maximum prison sentence of up to seven years.
For confidential advice and support on drugs go to FRANK.
If you have information about any suspected criminal or suspicious activity in your area, please call us on 101 or report it online at www.avonandsomerset.police.uk.
If you don’t want to speak to the police then call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, it is completely anonymous.
Posted on Thursday 26th May 2016