Why We Are Consulting
On Thursday 26 May 2016, the Psychoactive Substances Act came into force; meaning that the production, supply and importation of these potentially dangerous drugs is now prohibited nationwide.
The new legislation gives police and other law enforcement agencies greater powers to tackle the trade in psychoactive substances, formerly known as ‘legal highs’ and will see offenders face up to seven years in prison.
The use of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) is not a criminal offence, but both alone and with other substances, can result in acute toxicity and serious harm. The use of NPS can also result in users reducing their inhibitions and can cause paranoia, coma, seizures and in rare cases, death.
Community consultation is required to determine;
Level of public awareness about NPS
Public support to enforce controls on the use of NPS by giving the police additional powers via the application of a PSPO.
Where Will it Apply
The council can consider the application of a PSPO on any public space within its own local authority boundary. The definition of public space is wide and includes any place to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission, for example a shopping centre.
The application of a PSPO will give police additional powers on the use of NPS by enforcing any restrictions and in some cases to make arrests.