Psychoactive Substances Act

From 26th May 2016, The Psychoactive Substances Act comes into force. This means that psychoactive substances (also known as legal highs) will be illegal to produce, supply, import or export.

This includes buying it online (and importing from abroad) or giving some to a friend, which is still supplying - even if it's for free.

Our CEO, Paul Martin, talks about the new law...

"Many young people and adults say they were unaware of the potential dangers posed by these substances prior to coming to us for help. They often have exciting names and packaging - hiding what they really are. We hope the ban indicates the harms to potential users.

"Up to now young people and adults have often thought that what is legal must be safe - this is not the case and this legislation helps to label these drugs as harmful so beware.

"As always, we remain alert to people's needs because it is predictable that the supply of these substances will continue in some illegal way, as it does with others.''

NPS users can experience a racing heart, hallucinations, blacking out, vomiting and the drugs can also have fatal consequences.

The Matthew Project is always ready to help anyone who wants to talk to us about any form of substance misuse. This also includes the families of those with a drug or alcohol issue.

  • A telephone helpline for everyone within Norfolk & Suffolk who need support or have questions on drugs and alcohol.
  • Dynamic education so young people understand the risks of drugs and alcohol.
  • Free, confidential help.
  • Honest, accurate and appropriate information.
  • Support for parents and families of drug or alcohol users.

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