Home Office written question – answered on 11th June 2015.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the annual report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction on legal highs, published on 4 June 2015; and what plans she has to review her policy on legal highs.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

On 28 May, the Government introduced the Psychoactive Substances Bill in the House of Lords, which provides for a blanket ban on the production, distribution, sale and supply of psychoactive substances. This will apply to both online and offline markets and give police, other law enforcement agencies and local authorities the power to take action where necessary.

We are also taking forward a comprehensive action plan on new psychoactive substances (NPS) to enhance our response to prevention, treatment and information sharing. For example, we have launched a tool kit to help local areas prevent and respond to NPS use, published clinical guidelines and we continue to proactively monitor NPS in the UK through our Forensic Early Warning System and Drugs Early Warning System.

All of the six NPS recently risk-assessed by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction are already permanently controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

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