Date PostedJuly 17, 2013

NSW Fight against Alcohol and Synthetic Drug Misuse Continues

Officials in NSW are cracking down on stores in the state that they suspect are selling synthetic drugs. In fact the NSW Fair Trading Minister Anthony Roberts has called for the Commonwealth to implement a permanent ban to help alleviate some of the problems.

Compliance officers visited over 1000 retailers suspected of selling synthetic drugs and have implemented a temporary ban on the products which recently have been linked to the death of a Sydney teen. He (the minister) has been pleading with the federal government to make the bans more permanent before any more lives are lost.

Authorities in the state have also voiced their concerns about the alcohol fuelled violence which was also linked to synthetic drug use. Taking drugs is bad enough but mixing them with alcohol can be even more detrimental.

There are concerns that what was simply considered alcohol related violence may infact have more to do with synthetic drugs.

The fight has even gone online, with authorities bringing down several websites caught “pushing” these synthetic drugs. Three sites have now stopped selling in NSW but others are proving difficult to contact.


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Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning, OH&S training, and web strategy firm based in Little Edward St. Spring Hill, Brisbane, Australia. Urban E-Learning provides compliance related online , Distance and Face-to-Face training products in the construction, hospitality and heavy vehicle transport sectors, to name a few. Examples include the White Card Construction induction course and the RSA - Responsible Service of Alcohol course. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.

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