Listing substances in Poisons Act 1964 helps with policing of illicit drugs
Heavy penalties apply for the possession, sale and supply of synthetic drugs
The State Government has taken further steps to restrict public access to highly dangerous psychoactive substances with nine prohibited substances listed in Schedule 9 of the Poisons Act 1964.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the substances - including one potent synthetic opioid and eight synthetic cannabinoids - had been identified in the past 12 months as a result of blood samples, drug testing and through drug seizures in Western Australia.
The newly prohibited substances have brand names including Blue Magic, OMG Tea, VIP Champagne, Ritzy, W-18 and Red Dragon.
"These substances have the potential to cause very serious health outcomes, including increased heart rate, high blood pressure, confusion, disorientation and hallucinations and even death," Dr Hames said.
"New compounds continue to be synthesised providing members of the public alternatives to prohibited drugs. The Government remains relentless in its commitment to stopping people in our community accessing and using these highly dangerous substances."
Synthetic substances, including opioids and cannabinoids, are illegal in WA under the Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2015.
The legislation prohibits the sale, supply, manufacture, advertising and promotion of any psychoactive substance or substance claiming to have a psychoactive effect, unless it is approved under existing legislation or regulation.
"While the emerging psychoactive substances are illegal under the amended Misuse of Drugs Act 1981, the specific naming of substances in Schedule 9 of the Poisons Act will substantially enhance the ability of WA Police to enforce the law," the Minister said.
"The listing of these drugs is another example of the Government's unwavering commitment to combat illicit drugs."
The Misuse of Drugs Amendment (Psychoactive Substances) Act 2015 prohibits the sale, supply, manufacture, advertising and promotion of any psychoactive substance
Under the amendment Act, the penalty for manufacturing is $48,000 or four years or both; penalty for sell or supply is $48,000 or four years or both; penalty for promoting is $24,000 or two years or both
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