Government moves to outlaw dangerous new drugs

Published Sunday, 06 May, 2018 at 09:30 AM

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice
The Honourable Yvette D'Ath

The dangerous Russian drug Phenibut is among 104 new substances now outlawed in Queensland.

Phenibut - 4-Amino-3-phenylbutanoic acid - was linked to the recent mass overdose of school students on the Gold Coast.

Attorney-General and Minster for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the listing of these new drugs would make Queensland a safer community by ensuring authorities could stay ahead of drug dealers.

“The recent awful incident on the Coast serves as a reminder that new and dangerous substances are finding their way onto our streets,” she said.

“It is therefore essential we move quickly to ensure this chemical is illegal.”

“Make no mistake, our authorities are in a daily battle to stay ahead of the drug market and keep our community safe,” Mrs D’Ath said.

“Drug dealers will try anything in desperate bids to push drugs onto streets, often introducing new substances and variations of old ones in a cynical attempt to circumvent the law.

“Our police do a great job; as lawmakers it is our responsibility to ensure laws keep pace with current drug trends.”  

“Specifically scheduling these chemicals puts their legal status beyond doubt, making it easier for law enforcement to prosecute dangerous drug offences,” she said.

Mrs D’Ath said that among the 104 drugs outlawed were 49 dangerous synthetic cannabis compounds, including Full Moon and Buddah.

“These synthetic compounds are often mixed with solvents and have a dangerous and unpredictable effect on the brain.

“Full Moon, for example, was involved in the deaths of two people in Mackay in 2015.

“Unfortunately in recent years we have seen a surge in designer drugs and chemicals claiming to be natural and safe alternatives to cannabis.

“These chemicals are not safe, certainly not natural and have absolutely no therapeutic value.

“Don’t be fooled, don’t risk it.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with drugs or addiction please contact Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) on 1800 177 833.

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