Drug reformers to gather in New Zealand

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Auckland, New Zealand (4E) – Global reformers will be gathering in New Zealand to discuss the Psychoactive Substances Act and advocate further drug reform.

New Zealand came up with a pioneering act which scientifically regulates legal highs rather than banning them.

The act offers a world-first scientific and health-oriented approach to legal highs.

Many were looking to New Zealand as a pioneer after the enactment of the act last year.

Before the act came into force about 200 legal high products were sold from 4000 outlets throughout the country to people of all ages. This has dropped to 47 products sold from 170 outlets and it’s now illegal to sell or give these products to anyone under 18.

The government has imposed bans on more than 250 legal highs.

They are officially known as “new psychoactive substances”, with several new types coming on to the market each week.

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