Regulation Impact Statement: Banning the importation of substances which mimic the effects of illicit drugs

Attorney-General’s Department May 2014

Problem Substances which mimic the effects of, or that are marketed as legal alternatives to, illicit drugs but whose chemical structures fall outside existing controls (also known as new psychoactive substances or ‘NPS’) have been a growing problem for Australian governments in recent years. NPS are frequently marketed as ‘legal highs’ and are purchased in Australia either over the internet or from retailers such as sex shops, head shops and tobacconists. There have been a number of reports both in Australia and overseas directly linking the consumption of these substances to deaths and serious injury.

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