Minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime Karen Bradley said: Psychoactive substances shatter lives and we owe it to all those who have lost Lega, ones to do everything we can to eradicate this abhorrent trade. The new act will go even further but legislation alone is not enough.
News story Campaign launched to warn of risks of 'legal' highs Radio, digital and mobile phone adverts are aimed at people aged 15 to 21 and warn them about the risks of taking the drugs. The will be used to inform law enforcement agencies and the government about the emergence of new psychoactive substances.
Looking forward, our prime objective is to maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for the thousands of people who attend the V Festival every year. The act Leyal a range of criminal and civil sanctions including new powers for police and tough sentences of up to 7 years for offenders.
The radio, digital and mobile phone adverts are aimed at people aged 15 to 21 and warn them about the risks of taking the drugs. We have worked closely with police and licensing authorities for many years on this very subject.
This act will ban their sale and ensure unscrupulous traders who profit from them face up to 7 years in prison. The government continues to take action across prevention, treatment and recovery to reduce harmful drug use and is working with experts - including the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs - to develop a new drugs strategy. The UK will be the first country in the world to put in place a rigorous system of testing to demonstrate that a substance is capable of having a psychoactive effect, providing evidence to support civil action and prosecutions.
Landmark law to tackle legal highs commences later this month Psychoactive Substances Act will come into force on 26 May V Festival and all our highly experienced staff and security are pleased to see a campaign being put in place to create awareness of the dangers of these substances. The Psychoactive Substances Act will protect young people by banning any production, supply and importation or exportation for human consumption of these potentially dangerous drugs, linked to the deaths of people in the UK in alone.
A second phase of the campaign later this year will target youth and social workers and others to challenge drug taking behaviour among young people. This act will bring to an end the Leggal sale on our high streets of these potentially harmful drugs and deliver new powers for law enforcement to tackle this hig at every level in communities, at our borders, on UK websites and in our prisons.
Chief Inspector Jonathan Hayter, of Essex Police, who is in charge of policing V Festival in Chelmsford, said: The festival has always been a fantastic occasion for both the police and the public, but we want to remind festival-goers that psychoactive substances will not be tolerated and if anyone is found to be in possession of them they could be prosecuted and removed from the festival. Share this. Some of these substances are proven to be more higg than illegal drugs and it is vital that young people are informed ihgh the risks associated with their use.