Psychoactive substances are some of the ingredients used in different drugs that affect the mind. You might know such drugs as:

  • party pills
  • herbal highs
  • legal highs
  • synthetic cannabis
  • legal recreational drugs.

In 2013, the New Zealand Government introduced the Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 to control the importation, manufacture and sale of psychoactive substances in New Zealand.

The Psychoactive Substances Act 2013 has not been fully implemented before now. During the establishment phase of the new regime, a number of importers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers were granted interim licences, and some products were given interim approvals, and were subsequently followed up to see if they were meeting their licence conditions and that their products were not causing adverse reactions - read more about the background to the Act and the regime

Questions? Concerns?

Call the Psychoactive Substances hotline: 0800 789 652 if you have any questions or concerns about psychoactive substances in New Zealand


Contact the Office of the Psychoactive Substances Regulatory Authority at

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