Legal highs gone from Oamaru

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Legal highs are off the shelves in Oamaru.

Parliament voted on Tuesday night to amend the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 under urgency, which enabled the removal of all legal highs from sale.

Yesterday, Oamaru store Super Save, the only shop in the town to sell legal highs, had a sign up saying it was the last day legal highs would be sold.

An employee of the business, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the store would be sending stock left over at the end of the day back to the supplier.

They were expecting people to come in and ask for the drugs, but would no longer be selling them, the employee said.

The change to the law could negatively impact shops selling the highs and lead to job losses the employee said.

They did not believe there would be job losses locally from the law change.

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the decision to remove legal highs from sale was a relief.

“I’ve been aware for a long time of the problems associated with these drugs. I’ve seen what happens for myself,” she said.

“I’m pleased and grateful Parliament as a whole has listened to communities from around the country and has acted.

“No psychoactive substances will be allowed in the market until undergoing an approval process, which includes thorough testing to prove low risk or harm.”

By DAVID DE LOREAN