In anticipation of the blanket ban on all research chemicals, UK continues with temporary order to keep some of the most popular compounds off the market.
It is well-known that British government prefers a heavy-handed approach to the issue of innovative drugs and its weapon of choice have been temporary orders that classify certain substances as subject to the Misuse of Drugs Act of 1971. This tactic is still being used, with the latest act of this kind submitted to parliament for approval in June 2015 and coming into force immediately after.
The latest document is set to renew bans on several substances that were used as replacements for traditional psychoactive substances. Most of the substances named in the Order are stimulants from the phenidate group, including ethylphenidate, ethynaphtidate, propylphenidate, isopropylphenidate, 3,4-CTMP and even HDMP-28 which only hit some vendors websites days before the ban came into force sparking huge discounts. Analogues of those substances, including their stereoisomeric forms and salts, are also considered to be covered by the legal prohibition.
By keeping those chemicals illegal, the government hopes to prevent their distribution and abuse, as some of them were widely available through online orders and in physical shops. The effects of the banned stimulants are similar to those of amphetamine and cocaine, which made them suitable targets to drug users searching for legal alternatives. Ethylphenidate in particular became well-known within the circles of designer drugs enthusiasts, drawing a lot of attention and creating significant revenues for the vendors.
This group of chemicals was initially banned in April 2015, using a similar mechanism for temporary prohibition. However, with the ban set to expire soon, the government made sure it eliminated any loopholes that would allow a return of these substances to prominence. The entire affair could become moot very soon anyway, since the government is currently working to introduce a general ban on all psychoactive substances that would end the trade in research chemicals once and for all.
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