The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

Laura Mariani

ThePeopleAlchemist Edit: HR, Business and the psychoactive substance act

New legislation comes into effect from 26 May (today) which prohibits the production, distribution, sale, and supply of all psychoactive substances. With the exception of those in use every day such as medicines, alcohol, cigarettes. And caffeine. Legal highs imitate the effects of illegal drugs and contain synthetic compound. The new law contains new substances that were not controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Legal highs cannot be sold for human consumption. To get around this, they are often sold as plant food, incense. Or salts. This specific piece of legislation means that drug and alcohol abuse policies will have to extend to cover/include legal highs. There is a very helpful guide, produced by ACAS, which encourages employers to stick to the acronym CARR:
  • Consider. Include legal highs when writing a drug/alcohol policy.
  • Act . Be clear about what will happen if employees consume them.
  • Remind. Tell employees if legal highs are not permitted at work.
  • Read. Put policies in place sooner rather than later.
Are you an employer ? If yes, what are you doing about it? Answers on a postcard.
Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.

Laura Mariani Best Selling Author, Content Creator and Change & Transformation Expert

Hi there, I hope you enjoyed this post. Please do provide me with feedback.

I want to hear ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’. If you disagree with me or want to provide a different perspective, leave a comment. Tell me what’s on your mind.

Do remember though to be respectful and kind – we can agree to disagree, no need to be nasty. Thank you.


Laura xxx

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in my posts are ‘affiliate links‘. This means that if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission, for example as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This is at no extra cost to you. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and absolutely would recommend to my readers.