The National Assembly for Wales’ Health and Social Care Committee undertook an inquiry into new psychoactive substances.
The terms of reference for this inquiry were to consider:
To note: New psychoactive substances (often referred to as “legal highs”) are drugs which have been synthesised to mimic the effects of illegal drugs and which are sought for intoxicant use. Because they are newly created, they are not automatically controlled under drugs legislation (in the UK, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971). The term may also include substances of herbal origin (“herbal highs”).
Evidence from the Public
The Committee held a public consultation to gather evidence on this topic.
Evidence from the Minister for Health and Social Services
The Committee received evidence from the Minister for Health and Social Services (PDF, 263KB).
Note from the visits held on 2 October 2014 (PDF, 133KB).
Note from the focus group events held on 2 October 2014 (PDF, 257KB).
The Committee produced a Storify of the inquiry.
The Committee’s report
The UK Government’s Minister for Crime Prevention wrote to the Committee on 27 March 2015 to outline the Home Office’s view on the Committee’s report (PDF, 69KB). The Welsh Government responded (PDF, 295KB) in May 2015.
The Plenary debate on the Committee’s report took place on 13 May 2015.
Help and support
If you or somebody you know has been affected by the use of new psychoactive substances, or if you would like more information about them, you can contact DAN 24/7 for advice. DAN 24/7 is a free and confidential helpline for anyone in Wales wanting further information or help relating to drugs and or alcohol. You can find more information here: http://www.dan247.org.uk/Drug_NewPsychoactiveSubstances.asp
Freephone: 0808 808 2234
or text DAN to: 81066
Business type: Committee Inquiry
Reason considered: Assembly Business;
First published: 03/07/2014