• The new Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 came in to force on 26 May 2016.

    It is now an offence to produce, supply (or offer to supply), import or export a psychoactive substance if its use is likely to be consuming it for its mind-altering effects. Note that mere possession of these substances, without an intent to supply, in most environments is not an offence.

    The Act provides a range of criminal and civil sanctions including new powers for police and sentences of up to 7 years. There are legal substances which are exempt from these rules such as coffee, alcohol, nicotine and medical products which have their own regulations.

    This act does not change the legislation regarding the use of illegal drugs which is still covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

    Given the effects these substances may have on an employee’s ability to perform their duties to the required standard, it is advised that these new rules are incorporated into company handbooks.

    Please call a member of our team if you would like to discuss updating your drugs and alcohol policy

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