Tanya Davies MP. Member for Mulgoa.

Community Support Needed to Assist Interim Ban On Synthetic Drugs

Monday July 15, 2013

Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa today called on the community to support the interim ban on synthetic drugs by alerting NSW Fair Trading if they find any retailer selling the potentially harmful products.

“As part of Operation Salt, officers from NSW Fair Trading have been informing retailers across the state of the interim ban on synthetic drug products,” Mrs Davies said.

“More than 1,000 businesses were inspected over the first 4 days of the operation alone.  Only 65 traders were found to still have the products in stock or on their shelves, a compliance rate of nearly 95%.

“Those stores found to still be selling the products included adult stores, tobacconists, supermarkets and clothing stores.

Mrs Davies said that Fair Trading will now begin the next phase of the operation, which will see the full range of penalties available under the law used against any retailer who is caught selling the banned products.

“These include fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $1.1 million for corporations that are found to be in breach of the ban,” Tanya Davies said.

“These penalties should deter any retailer from selling these potentially deadly products, however I urge anyone who sees these products for sale to contact Fair Trading on
13 32 20.”

Mrs Davies said the NSW Government has led the way on tackling the emerging scourge of synthetic drugs and protecting consumers across the state, including forcing the Commonwealth to act and impose a national ban.

“This is an important step forward in tackling the scourge of synthetic drugs, but for any ban to be effective it would require the support of the community”. Mrs Davies said

“Importantly, while the interim ban can remove these products from store shelves, it is up to the community to take responsibility for their actions and realise the dangers these products pose,” Tanya Davies said.

“People need to accept that when they decide to consume these incredibly dangerous substances they are risking their lives”.

“The Government can impose bans on the sale and reduce the supply available, but the decision to take synthetic drugs is made by individuals, and ultimately we all must accept responsibility for our actions”.

“If you know anyone using these products, advise them of the dangers associated with their use and if necessary, assist them in seeking help.”