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10 --- Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, October 31, 2013 www.times.co.nz SHOP ONLINE FOR AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF MAKEUP & BEAUTY PRODUCTS... Brands include: Maybelline, L'Oreal, CoverGirl, Aveeno, Garnier, Neutrogena, Thin Lizzy, Trilogy, Dr Lewinn's, Sukin, Nature's Own, Clinicians, Elevit, Organix, Innoxa and more... NEW ZEALAND'S LEADING BEAUTY WEBSITE www. beautybible.co.nz LABOUR WEEKEND LAUNCH SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY 1--4PM 16 JOSEPH STREET, FLAT BUSH STAGE 1 New 4 bedroom stand alone houses from $588,000 • 3 BATHROOMS • 2 LIVING AREAS • 2 BALCONIES • 10 YEARS MASTER BUILDER WARRANTY • BUILT BY A KIWI BUILDER • FREEHOLD HOMES Aman Pannu 021 50 80 27 email@example.com www.eqgroup.co.nz 123938 THE so-called “legal high” mar- ket in New Zealand has been well documented in the news media. It was paramount that the Gov- ernment get it under control with- out driving it underground. That’s what has been done and it’s working. These substances were being manufactured and put on shop shelves in such high numbers that it was difﬁcult to quantify. The law wasn’t keeping pace. They’re a fast moving industry, which is why they needed to be reined in under strict and robust controls. In July, the Psychoactive Sub- stances Act came into force and imposed an immediate ban on sales from dairies or any sort of grocery store, petrol stations and anywhere alcohol is sold. It restricts sales of approved products to those over 18 years, restricts advertising and removes them from non-specialty shops. The onus is now on manufac- turers to prove that their products are low risk rather than the Gov- ernment having to prove they are harmful. They are no longer able to be sold and marketed wherever and however the industry wants to. As a result of this law change, the number of these products available has vastly reduced from about 300 down to 28. The number of retail outlets stocking the substances is down from about 4000 to 110. Many of the high proﬁle prod- ucts that have been in the news, including Kronic, Kryptonite and K2, are banned. Police have reported a drop in criminal behaviour attributed to synthetic drugs and the National Poisons Centre has also seen fewer reports of adverse reactions. Police are doing an outstanding job in enforcing the new law. One Hamilton dairy has had more than 2000 packets of syn- thetic cannabis conﬁscated follow- ing a tip-off. While many retailers did the right thing before they were forced to, some need more of a push. The new law saw the creation of the Psychoactive Substance Regu- latory Authority, which assesses products in a similar way to medi- cine regulatory bodies. The authority determines which products receive interim approval and it’s not simply rubber-stamp- ing applications. All 28 products with temporary approvals will undergo further checks by the Institute of Environ- mental Science and Research to ensure they are low risk. If they contain hazardous chemi- cals, they will be immediately removed from sale. Enforcement ofﬁcers will be based at district health boards to work with police on this issue. Zero tolerance will be given to breaches of the law. Local authorities also have pow- ers to prevent psychoactive sub- stances being sold near schools or churches in a similar way to alco- hol policies. They are an 18-years-plus prod- uct just like alcohol and that’s the way they’re being treated. Of course the best and safest option is for consumers to leave the products alone entirely. This new law means that people who do seek them out may do so safely. It’s a balanced approach, which means that unscrupulous sales are not forced into back alleys and underground labs. If people are aware of the law being ignored, they should contact the police. Balanced approach controls legal highs ami-Lee Ross MP for Botany "Police have reported a drop in criminal behaviour attributed to synthetic drugs and the National Poisons Centre has also seen fewer reports of adverse reactions."
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