Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure has welcomed the introduction of new laws to outlaw the manufacture, supply and advertising of all harmful synthetic drugs (psychoactive substances) in NSW.



Mark Coure said the Liberals & Nationals Government laws will stop any manufacturers or retailers selling these substances in the local area and make it clear these products are no longer “legal highs”.



“The laws are the most wide reaching in Australia and are ground breaking because they not only cover known synthetic drugs (or psychoactive substances) but also those that are yet to be developed, subject to appropriate exemptions,” Mark Coure said.



“Anyone caught manufacturing, selling or promoting these substances faces up to two years in prison, more than $2,000 in fines or both.



“The Liberals & Nationals Government will also adopt Schedule 9 of the Commonwealth’s Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons.



“Anyone caught in possession of a Schedule 9 substance faces more than $2,000 in fines, up to 12 months in prison or both.



“In February 2012 a NSW Parliament Legal Affairs Committee began an inquiry into the issues surrounding synthetic drugs. Its report: Law Reform Issues Regarding Synthetic Drugs was tabled on May 30 this year.



“Just days later the NSW Minister for Fair Trading imposed an interim 60 day product safety ban on synthetic drugs.



“Fair Trading began its biggest ever compliance blitz visiting more than 1,000 retailers. 65 admitted selling or having possession of synthetic drugs. Six websites were also prevented from selling these products.



“Preliminary Health data shows Emergency Department presentations linked to synthetic drugs has dropped, between March and June 2013 there was an average of 75 presentations per month that fell to 39 in July.



“I urge retailers in the St George area region to ensure they comply with the ban on all synthetic drugs or risk the significant penalties,” Mark Coure said