All remaining legal highs to be withdrawn from sale
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has announced today that when parliament resumes the government will introduce and
pass under urgency legislation removing from sale all remaining so called ‘legal highs’.
“While there has been a substantial reduction in the number of these products available and the number of outlets from
which they can be sold, reports of severe adverse reactions continue to be received by the National Poisons Centre and
Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring” says Mr Dunne.
It has been impossible to attribute these adverse effects to any particular products and in the absence of that
ministers accepted my recommendation at cabinet last Tuesday to end the transitional period, taking all products with
interim approval off the market.
“I will bring to parliament amending legislation to put this measure in place, to be introduced and passed through all
stages under urgency on 8 May and come into force the day after receiving the Royal Assent” says Mr Dunne.