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Changes to Misuse of Drugs Act by Nick Boley
May 7, 2014, 07:38
Filed under: Drugs, UK Government Information, UK Legislation | Tags: ,

The Government has published the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Ketamine, etc) (Amendment) Order 2014 (SI 1104/2014) which  brings certain drugs under the control of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 .

Groups of “NBOMe” compounds, some of which were subject to control under a Temporary Class Drugs Order (SI 2013/1294), now come under permanent control as Class A drugs under the Act. In addition, Ketamine is reclassified as a Class B drug, Lisdexamphetamine becomes a Class B drug  and groups of benzofuran compounds, some of which were subject to control under a Temporary Class Drugs Order (SI 2013/1294), are now brought under permanent control as Class B drugs.

Furthermore,  Tramadol (an opioid analgesic), Zaleplon and Zopiclone  (both used to treat insomnia) are brought under control as Class C drugs under the Act.

This widens the scope of forensic laboratories measurements in order to reliably analyse all these controlled substances.

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