Synthetic drugs that mimic illicit drugs like cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines and ICE will be targeted in a crackdown in New South Wales.
This follows a parliamentary committee report recently released in New South Wales.
These products are dangerous and are known to lead to psychotic episodes and even deaths.
(Source: NSW Fair Trading media release 9 June 2013)
This crackdown should be followed by other state and territory governments who are faced with the same problem.
A 17 year old male in Sydney jumped off a balcony to his death after taking a synthetic drug recently.
Synthetic drugs are highly dangerous as the chemicals are unknown or are changed to keep one step in front of the law.
Other states like Victoria and Western Australia have banned these synthetic drugs but the adult shops where they are sold are operating with impunity.
With drug related deaths associated with synthetic drugs all states and territories as well as the federal government need to have a major crackdown.
What this demand for synthetic drugs shows is that young Australians are still caught up in the need for intoxication.
Youth intoxication shows that there is a great need for more drug rehabilitation services that get users free of drugs.