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Psychoactive Substances Act

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Psychoactive Substances Act is a piece of New Zealand legislation which regulates the sale, manufacture, and importation of New Psychoactive Substances or drugs commonly referred to as ‘legal highs’.

NOTE: as of the 8th of May, 2014 there are no psychoactive substances legally available for sale in New Zealand.

  1. Overview

    NOTE: as of the 8th of May, 2014 there are no psychoactive substances legally available for sale in New Zealand.

    New Psychoactive Substances — you may know them as ‘legal highs’, party pills, designer drugs, or synthetics — are new and emerging types of drugs.

  2. What does it do?

    The Psychoactive Substances Act is a piece of New Zealand legislation which regulates the sale, manufacture, and importation of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) or drugs commonly referred to as ‘legal highs’.

  3. FAQs

    NOTE: as of the 8th of May, 2014 there are no psychoactive substances legally available for sale in New Zealand.

    Frequently asked questions from the public about the Psychoactive Substances Act.

  4. FAQs for Councils

    NOTE: as of the 8th of May 2014 there are no psychoactive substances legally available for sale in New Zealand.

    Frequently asked questions from the public about the Psychoactive Substances Act.

  5. Animal testing

    The testing of psychoactive substances on animals has been a controversial aspect of the legislation. The original Psychoactive Substances Act allowed animal testing but only if valid alternatives weren't available. Animal tests also had to comply with international best practice guidelines and New Zealand’s Animal Welfare Act 1999.

  6. Briefing Paper

    This briefing paper was prepared when the Psychoactive Substances Bill was introduced into Parliament for people interested in the new law.

  7. Submission to the Health Select Committee

    The New Zealand Drug Foundation's submission to the Health Select Committee on the Psychoactive Substances Act, May 2013.

  8. Further links

    More information about the Psychoactive Substances Act.