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Tougher stance on 'designer drugs'

Amendments to legislation will strengthen the fight against drugs such as Nyaope.

Amendments to legislation will strengthen the fight against drugs such as Nyaope. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Justice says amendments made to the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act will help strengthen government's fight against substance abuse and drug dealing.

The act now makes provision for substances known as 'designer drugs' which include narcotics such as Nyaope.

Nyaope is a mixture of products including rat poison, heroin and antiretroviral drugs. Those found using, dealing or in possession of these drugs can now face prosecution.

Department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said dealing in these 'designer drugs' could result in sentencing of up to 25 years in jail.

"If you're found with or using these drugs then a fine will be imposed or you will be sentenced to 15 years."