ON AIR: Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

4PM - 7PM

'Synthetic drug market out of control' - drug expert

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 10 Sep 2019, 1:37PM
Photo / File

'Synthetic drug market out of control' - drug expert

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 10 Sep 2019, 1:37PM

A drug expert says the synthetic drug market is out of control.

The Chief Coroner has revealed this morning that synthetic cannabis has claimed as many as 75 lives since mid-2017.

University of Otago drug researcher Geoff Noller told Kate Hawkesby we missed an opportunity in 2013 with the Psychoactive Substances Act to control these drugs.

He says there's a small market and it's going to be really difficult to get rid of.

Noller says the drug is cheap and comes with a big hit, which is what some people want.

LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ABOVE

ON AIR: Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

4PM - 7PM