“We congratulate the New South Wales government for announcing tougher action on synthetic drugs – the new federal government should follow suit,” FamilyVoice Research Officer Ros Phillips said today.
NSW will add 40 substances to its schedule 1 prohibited drugs list, making them subject to the same severe penalties as drugs such as heroin. The list includes NBOM-e, a drug which contributed to the death of Sydney student Henry Kwan.
“Last month we called on Australian governments to ban all substances intended to have an effect similar to a dangerous drug,” Mrs Phillips said. “We are delighted that the NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts has taken action!”
Ros Phillips said psycho-active drug use has soared in the past few years. “The harm minimisation approach – which includes methadone substitution, needle and syringe hand-outs, injecting rooms and liberal cannabis laws – is not working,” she said.
“The incoming federal Coalition government says it is committed to reducing illicit drug use. We look forward to a return to the Howard government’s successful ‘tough on drugs’ approach, which saw a reduction in drug problems until the Rudd government changed tack in 2008.”
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