33 drugs added to Poisons Act
33 drugs added to Poisons Act

The WA Government has listed 33 more substances as poisons to boost efforts to eliminate psychoactive substances, including synthetic cannabinoids.

Mental Health Minister Helen Morton this morning announced the 33 additional substances were listed in Schedule 9 of the Poisons Act 1964.

Mrs Morton said all synthetic cannabinoids were already illegal in WA, "however naming them would further assist the policing of these banned drugs".

In State legislation, Schedule 9 substances have no therapeutic use and are considered to be a health risk when consumed.

“People should know that all synthetic cannabinoids are illegal and that they risk prosecution if caught selling/suppling or possessing them. These 33 substances are in addition to those already listed, and there are many more substances related closely enough to also be considered illegal,” Mrs Morton said.

“The reason these 33 substances have been named is that they are a health risk. They all have either documented evidence of harm, or are pharmacologically or toxicologically similar to substances already shown to be harmful when consumed.

“I’m talking about serious health risks, including tremors, chest pain, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, seizures, and an altered mental state. It is not worth taking the risk with these substances.

“We continue to work closely with the Australian Government on the timely management of the national scheduling process, and we are seeing similar responses from other jurisdictions.”

Stiff penalties apply for possession and supply of synthetic drugs under the Misuse of Drug laws, just as there are for cannabis, methamphetamines and ecstasy.

These include up to $2,000, or two years, for simple possession, and up to $100,000 and/or 25 years for the sale, supply or possession with intent to supply these substances. Penalties for selling, supplying or offering these drugs to a child are even greater.

The West Australian

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