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ISSN: 2169-0170

Journal of Civil & Legal Sciences
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Research Article

The Recent Legal Approach to New Psycho-Active Substances Regulation in Israel: Does it Work?

Paula Rosca1*, Arie Bauer2, Razek Khawaled R2, Ety Kahana3 and Keren Goldman4

1Department for the Treatment of Substance Abuse, Mental Health Division, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem & Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

2Forensic Psychiatry Department, Mental Health Division, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel

3Israel Anti- Drug Authority, Jerusalem, Israel

4Department for the Treatment of Substance Abuse, Mental Health Division, Ministry of Health, Jerusalem

*Corresponding Author:
Paola Rosca
Department for the Treatment of Substance Abuse, 39
Yirmiyahu St, Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972-506-242407
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: March 09, 2015 Accepted Date: March 23, 2015 Published Date: March 30, 2015

Citation: Rosca P, Bauer A, Khawaled R, Kahana E, Goldman K (2015) The Recent Legal Approach to New Psycho-Active Substances Regulation in Israel:Does it Work?. J Civil Legal Sci 4:140. doi:10.4172/2169-0170.1000140

Copyright: © 2015 Rosca P, et al. This is asn open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), rapidly spreading on the global drug market have become a major concern in different Countries. The drug control systems did not allow a prompt and effective response to this phenomenon, due to the slow and complicated procedures to declare a substance dangerous and illegal. Aims: To briefly describe to legal background of drug control in Israel and illustrate the characteristics of the novel legislation. Method: The Authors summarize the legal approach to NPS control in Europe and in New Zealand, the first Country to opt for a pre-market approval regime for NPS, describing the legal alternative sad opted and describe the Israeli Law for the Fight against the Phenomenon of the Use of Dangerous Substances. Findings: The new legislation succeeded to close kiosks and retailers, marketing NPS to youth and young adults in the Country. The law is unique in that it includes both an urgent temporary declaration, whose violation is penal, banning a substance as dangerous with its inclusion after 12 months into the First Schedule of the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, and the empowerment of the police forces to search, seize and destroy the dangerous substance, constituting an administrative procedure. The law is enforced using a novel, integrated model of enforcement, providing the cooperation of different control agencies, and avoiding to criminalize the consumers. Conclusions: The effectiveness of this legislation, although promising short-term results have been registered, has still to be ascertained and more time is needed in order to perform a scientific evaluation of its results but meanwhile its impact is already noticed in the Court decisions, which make a difference between NPS and other drugs such as Cannabis in the severity of the penalties.


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