Despite the prohibition on the production, importation, and marketing of synthetic cannabis in Australia, the drug continues to make it into the country, according to a news release by the Western Australia Police.
Synthetic cannabis called Venom
The news release affirms the seizure of several kilograms of “Venom”, a type of synthetic cannabis which contains synthetic cannabinoids AM2201 and XLR-11 as its active ingredients. Both AM2201 and XLR-11 are Schedule 9 substances in the Poisons Act 1964, and their sale, possession, and supply are criminal offences.
Venom and other synthetic drugs like it belong to what is now referred to as new psychoactive substances or NPS, which are designed to mimic the effects of “regular” drugs such as cannabis, methamphetamines, and cocaine among others. These synthetic drugs, however, have unpredictable effects. There have been reports of elevated heart rate, blood pressure, anxiety, hallucinations, and even deaths after ingestion.
With the continued influx of such drugs into the country, employers, HR managers, and Health & Safety Officers must remain vigilant and alert to the continuing threat that substance abuse causes businesses in Australia, especially since these substance have yet to be detected by routine drug testing efforts.
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