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UK Government Intensifies Efforts to Combat Synthetic Opioid Threat

In a decisive move aimed at curbing the rising threat of synthetic opioids, the UK government has announced the strict classification of six new synthetic opioids under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. This measure seeks to mitigate drug-related deaths and impose tougher penalties on individuals involved in their production and distribution.

Following the recommendation of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the government has agreed to classify six acyl piperazine opioids and derivatives, including 2-methyl-AP-237, as Class A drugs. This designation underscores the severity of the consequences for anyone caught supplying these substances, with potential penalties including life imprisonment, unlimited fines, or both.

Crime and Policing Minister Chris Philp emphasized the government’s vigilance in combating the threat posed by synthetic opioids, stating, “The devastation we have seen in other countries from synthetic opioids cannot be allowed to happen here in the UK.” Philp further emphasized the importance of adapting legislation to swiftly respond to emerging threats.

The newly classified synthetic opioids include:

  1. 2-Methyl-AP-237
  2. AP-237
  3. Para-methyl-AP-237
  4. AP-238
  5. Azaprocin
  6. Para-nitroazaprocin

Moreover, in a proactive measure to future-proof laws, the government has accepted the ACMD’s recommendation to introduce a generic definition for nitazenes. This ensures that any new nitazenes detected in the UK will automatically be classified as Class A drugs, allowing for rapid and effective response to emerging threats.

Additionally, the government has agreed to control 15 novel benzodiazepines and related compounds as Class C drugs, as advised by the ACMD. These include compounds such as Gidazepam, Flubrotizolam, and Rilmazafone.

The government plans to introduce legislation to implement these amendments as soon as possible, subject to Parliamentary approval. Furthermore, enhanced surveillance and early warning systems will be employed to track dangerous drugs in real-time, enabling prompt action by law enforcement and public health agencies.

This comprehensive approach underscores the UK government’s commitment to tackling the proliferation of synthetic opioids and safeguarding public health and safety.

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