The Psychoactive Substances Act came into force on the 26th May 2016. The Act makes it an offence to produce, supply or offer to supply any psychoactive substance if the substance is likely to be used for its psychoactive effects and regardless of its potential for harm. The only exemption from the Act are those substances already controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act, nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and medicinal products. The main intention of the Act is to shut down shops and websites that currently trade in ‘legal highs’. Put simply any substance is illegal to produce or supply if it is likely to be used to 'get high'.
Lancashire Trading Standards and partners has produced a short film, accompanied by lesson plans, to be used in schools, youth zones or other young people's settings.