6 Jul 2013

NSW ban on sale of synthetic drugs extended

7:21 am on 6 July 2013

An interim ban on the sale of synthetic drugs in New South Wales has been extended after a meeting between state, territory and federal ministers in Sydney.

A ban lasting 60 days was introduced after a teenager jumped to his death on 5 June. Police believe he had taken a synthetic drug with effects similar to LSD.

The ABC reports the meeting on Friday extended the ban to 120 days after being presented with evidence that fines of up to $A1.1 million have deterred retailers from selling the products.

New South Wales fair trading minister Anthony Roberts said the agreement to continue the ban would help ensure potentially lethal products are kept off shelves for good.

The Commonwealth has also indicated it is happy to see the ban extended indefinitely until permanent laws are in place.