LSD and Heroin Substitutes now Banned Under the MOD act
The MOD act was introduced to the UK almost 44 years ago, but it still controls a large deal of our law enforcement and crime proceedings. Since its inception, the act has seen many changes and amendments applied to it. In the past decade we have seen an influx of new compounds, often sold legally, that act as alternative to criminalised substances.
Mephedrone was a drug sold as a legal substitute for Class A stimulants such as cocaine, MDMA and amphetamine. It provided similar effects to these drugs, but as it was a new chemical it was not classified under the misuse of drugs act. After several deaths in the UK It was criminalised in 2009 as a Class B drug.
This year, the MOD act has been amended to criminalise some synthetic compounds. These drugs imitate the effects of other illegal drugs, and may even have stronger effects than the original. After learning lessons from Mephedrone, the government is making it a priority to criminalise these substances to limit their availability and to deter people from using them.
Here are some of the amendments that have been made to the MOD act in 2015:
LSD related compounds
Though the relative physical risk of Class A LSD is fairly low compared to other drugs in the bracket, it has an extremely powerful effect on the mind. What makes synthetic imitation LSD substances so dangerous is the limited knowledge of their long and short term effects, due to them being so new.
The following LSD-related compounds are now considered to be Class A drugs: ALD-52, ETH-LAD, PRO-LAD, AL-LAD and LSZ. These are all strong hallucinogenic substances that have strong hallucinogenic properties similar to LSD.
The supply or possession of a Class A drug is a very serious offence. The maximum penalty for possession in the UK is seven years and life for supply, both carry an unlimited fine.
AH-7921 is a synthetic opioid, which can be used as a Heroin substitute. It has been linked to a number of deaths in Europe. Though the drug was developed in the 70s there is no published research on its effects on humans. The drug is usually administered intravenously, and carries the same risks as injecting heroin. Under the new amendments, the drug is now a Class A substance.
GHB is a depressant probably most known for its association with “date rape”, but the substance is also used recreationally. Following reviews into its harms, and the potential for its use in other crimes, GHB has kept its classification as a Class C substance, but it has moved to schedule 2 of the 2001 misuse of drugs.
Even though GHB is a very dangerous substance, and can leave users in comas, it is scheduled under schedule 2 because it is a naturally occurring compound in the body. It also has useful medicinal properties and is commonly used to treat cases of narcolepsy.
If you are accused, charged or arrested under the suspicion of the possession or supply of any of these substances, you must seek legal advice immediately. Here at Huddersfield and Dewsbury based Qamar Solicitors, Our expert legal team are able to provide a through service, with a robust and fair defence case. Visit our “contact us” page if you need to get in touch.