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New Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

New Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

This act applies across the UK and came into force on 26th May 2016.

The act makes it an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess on custodial premises (e.g. Prison), import or export psychoactive substances; that is any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect. Personal possession will not be an offence under the act (except in ‘custodial settings’), but the Police will continue to confiscate any unknown powder and this may mean being taken to a Police station whilst enquiries are made.

The act excludes a number of what are described as ‘legitimate substances’ and some medical products as well as controlled drugs, which will continued to be regulated under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The act also contains provision to exempt healthcare activities and approved scientific research.

For a full list of all these and more information on the act please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/psychoactive-substances-bill-2015 (link is external)

Also read "Legal Highs? Not as legal as you thought" regarding the recent law changes.

Stopping using some NPS suddenly can cause individuals to enter a withdrawal state which could be dangerous to their health. If you are considering stopping please seek medical advice. Support, advice and information on NPS and other substances is available from ADA through our 7 day Helpline on 01224 594700.