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Tuesday, 20 November 2012
Rise of Synthetic Drugs in Australia; Implications
Posted by Drug Test Australia
been recent media and government attention paid to the rise in the prevalence
of use, sales and manufacture of Synthetic Drugs, such as Synthetic Marijuana
(‘Kronic’ and like products) and Synthetic Stimulants (i.e. Synthetic Cocaine,
Synthetic Amphetamines and Synthetic MDMA [Ecstasy]) among other harmful
particular concern to employers in Australia, is that these types of drugs
cannot be screened for in traditional drug tests; only by drug tests that
specifically test for these substances.
Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, has released a report raising
concerns over the great quantity of these substances available; with a total of
49 new psychoactive substances officially notified for the first time in 2011.
Preliminary data shows over 50 new substances already detected for 2012. This
is of concern to the Australian market, as these items can easily be purchased
online and sent to Australia, from retailers residing overseas.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie has proposed changes
to the Drugs Misuse Act, that would include a plethora of synthetic drugs, with
similar effects to presently illegal drugs to be made illegal.