Tougher laws on synthetic drugs welcomed

Tougher laws on synthetic drugs welcomed


Monday 24 March 2014

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The Australian Medical Association (WA) today welcomed tougher laws on the importation of synthetic LSD announced by the Federal Government.

 

AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said that it was high time tougher laws were introduced, and he hoped the new laws would go a long way toward curbing the supply of synthetic drugs.

 

“Synthetic drug consumption in Australia has risen exponentially over the last few years, and has become a serious issue for both law enforcement and healthcare professionals to deal with,” AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said.

 

Under the new laws, individuals who are convicted with the importation of synthetic hallucinogenics will receive between two years jail and life imprisonment.

 

“We have been campaigning strongly for tougher synthetic drug penalties since 2011, and it is pleasing to see that the Federal Government has responded with these measures, Dr Choong said.

 

It is the right time to remind all West Australians – especially young people – that synthetic drugs are not harmless. These drugs are made by backyard chemists that could not care less about the health of individuals who take them.

 

“They can be extremely addictive and have serious health effects associated with them.

 

“We hope to see the scope of this law widened to include other synthetic drugs on the market.

 

Dr Choong also called for the Federal and State governments to work in unison and continue the strong fight against synthetic drugs.

 

“We welcome the government’s steps. They should take them immediately without any delay,” Dr Choong said.

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