Tougher laws on psychoactive substances welcomed: AMA (WA)

Tougher laws on psychoactive substances welcomed: AMA (WA)


Friday 16 October 2015

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The Australian Medical Association (WA) today welcomed the State Government’s announcement of tougher laws on the sale, manufacturing and supply of psychoactive substances.

 

“The State Government, and the Mental Health Minister the Hon. Helen Morton, should be congratulated for finally closing the loopholes that synthetic drug manufacturers have been able to exploit,” AMA (WA) Vice President Dr Andrew Miller said.

 

“For too long law enforcement has been playing catch-up on these substances, banning one chemical derivative while 10 more hit the market.

 

“Most of the chemicals are completely untested on the human body and pose severe health risks ranging from psychosis to death.

 

“Now the burden of proof lies is on suppliers of ‘bath salts’ and ‘potpourri’ to prove these products are legal and not psychoactive stimulants.

 

“WA was the first State to ban synthetics cannabis in Australia largely thanks to organisations like the AMA (WA) who led the charge. This new piece of legislation will go a long way in keeping these products off our streets,” Dr Miller said.

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