The Government have moved to introduce a ban on five further so-called Legal Highs from 10 April 2015. This has been done by means of a Temporary Class Drug Order (TCDO), following recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD). The ACMD were concerned about the psychoactive nature of the substances.
The 5 drugs which are covered by this ban are:
- 3,4-Dichloromethylphenidate (3,4-DCMP);
- Isopropylphenidate (IPP or IPPD);
- Methylnaphthidate (HDMP-28);
- Any stereoisomeric form of any of these substances and any preparation or other product containing any of these substances.
Forensic laboratories will need robust, validated analytical methods to identify and measure these substances, and will need to extend their scope of ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation to take account of this.
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