Lambeth Council is seeking the views of local people about extending its current Public Space Protection Order, which prohibits the possession and misuse of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in Lambeth.

NPS used to be commonly known as ‘legal highs’. They often contain one or more chemical substances which produce similar effects to illegal drugs. Nitrous oxide, or ‘laughing gas’, is a well-known example of an NPS. The law does not make it illegal for people to be in possession of, or to use, NPS.

Research has identified that the current PSPO has been successful in reducing incidents linked to NPS. However; despite this reduction, we think it is still a problem for local residents and businesses. We also now better understand the negative impact that NPS has on mental health and physical systems in the body.

The current Order, if it is not extended, will expire at midnight on the 16th August 2018. From that point onwards authorised persons would not be able to seize NPS or fine those in possession or misusing NPS in Lambeth.

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