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13 June 2013

South Australia has followed the lead of New South Wales by placing an interim ban on 19 potentially harmful synthetic drugs.

The 60-day interim ban comes into immediate effect and retailers who fail to comply face fines of up to $1.1million.

Minister for Business Services and Consumers John Rau said that it is appropriate for South Australia to adopt the New South Wales measure which followed the death of a Sydney teenager last week after taking a synthetic drug.

“These products are harmful, they are potentially fatal and they have no place in South Australian stores,” Mr Rau said.

“So far, there is nothing to suggest that these products are widely available in South Australia
– these steps will help ensure that this remains the case.

“They will also help to ensure that products banned in New South Wales don’t make their way across the border into South Australian stores.

“I am taking this action today to send a clear message to retailers – keep these products off the shelf or you will face serious penalties.

“Operatives from Consumer and Business Services are placing retailers on notice and will be in the field conducting intelligence-based operations in the coming weeks.”

The banned substances include products called (or variations on):

  • White Revolver
  • Iblaze
  • Buddha Express Black Label
  • Ash Inferno
  • Galaxy Ultra Nova
  • Iblaze Tropic Thunder
  • Kyote
  • Skunk
  • Sharman
  • K2
  • Kronic
  • Slappa
  • Black Widow
  • Vortex Inferno
  • King Karma
  • Iceblaze
  • Herbal Incense
  • Circus Deluxe
  • Montana Madness

 

 

Mr Rau said he recognises that tackling synthetic drugs is a complex issue as they are commonly purchased online.
 
“State governments have limited capacity to deal with this issue in a global way and I believe the Commonwealth needs to be involved to assist states with a national approach,” Mr Rau said.

The Government currently bans chemicals used in synthetic drugs under the Controlled Substance Act. 19 substances were added to the list in 2012 which is regularly informed by SA Health and SAPOL.

Items under the Schedule may be listed as a class of a drug, which means that modifications to the basic substance are captured under the Regulations.

“South Australians should not purchase these products and parents should also be watchful,” Mr Rau said.

“These products are dangerous.

"Any other harmful products brought to the attention of authorities will be added to this list."

Retailers who stock any of the listed products should contact Consumer and Business Services on 131882 for advice regarding their safe removal.

The ban notice is available at www.agd.sa.gov.au