Five psychoactive products are to be recalled from the market after they were found to pose more than a low risk of harm to the public.
The move comes after monitoring by the Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority.
The Authority is issuing a recall notice to product suppliers after revoking the licences for five interim approved products.
The products are Karma P0004, Anarchy P0002, Voodoo P0003, AK47 P0008, and Northern Lights Primo P0038.
The action is taken following reports of adverse reactions reported to the Centre for Adverse Reactions Monitoring (CARM) and the National Poisons Centre. These reports demonstrate each of the five products pose more than a low risk of harm to the consumer. It is the first time this power has been exercised under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013.
The Authority uses a risk assessment framework which takes into account reports of adverse reactions among other factors. All the withdrawn products have scored above the threshold deemed to pose more than a low risk of harm. The reports include nausea and vomiting, insomnia, acute psychotic reaction, and prolonged withdrawal.
Product suppliers are required to notify retailers who are holding the products to recall the removed products. Retailers can no longer sell the products.
Any member of the public holding the product should not consume it. If they are concerned about their health after taking any psychoactive substance, they should contact health services, call Healthline on 0800 611 116 or call the National Poisons Centre 0800 POISON (0800 764 766) - this number is printed on all approved products.
If you are concerned about the health effects stemming from the usage of psychoactive substances, more information can be found at the Alcohol Drug Agency. Phone 0800 787 797
If people have remaining products that are now banned they can return these to the retailer or local police.
About the Act
- Since the Psychoactive Substances Act came into force on 18 July 2013 the number of retail outlets selling psychoactive products has reduced from an estimated 3 - 4,000 unregulated sellers to fewer than 170 licensed premises nationwide, a reduction of around 95 percent
- From an estimated 200 products on the market prior to legislation the number of products available has reduced by over 75 percent to 41 products
- Products and all licence holders are subject to active and on-going scrutiny by police and district health boards in conjunction with the Authority.