UK criminal law

A Serious Matter: Laughing Gas Prompts Review of UK’s Psychoactive Substances Act

Introduced in 2016, The Psychoactive Substances Act is designed to deal with the influx of new drugs often labelled ‘legal highs’. The Act bans any substance that "by stimulating or depressing the person’s central nervous system… affects the person’s mental functioning or emotional state." It exempts substances such as tobacco or nicotine-based products, alcohol, caffeine, as well as medical products as defined in the 2012 Human Medicines Regulations. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is regularly