WA State Government adds more drugs to banned list

WA State Government adds more drugs to banned list

THE State Government has continued its war on synthetic drugs with the announcement that nine new substances have been made illegal today.

A synthetic opioid and eight synthetic cannabinoids have been added to the Poisons Act.

The banned substances are known as Blue Magic, OMG Tea, VIP Champagne, Ritzy, W-18 and Red Dragon.

Health Minister Kim Hames said the substances – including one potent synthetic opioid and eight synthetic cannabinoids – had been identified in the past year through blood samples, drug testing and drug seizures in WA.

“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.

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,” Dr Hames said.

“The listing of these drugs is another example of the Government’s unwavering commitment to combat illicit drugs.”