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6 September 2002 News Update


A Timaru man convicted of promoting and selling chemicals for misuse, as been sentenced to 250 hours of community service. The Ministry of Health says this acts as a warning to others, and is a strong deterrent.

This case has set a precedent for the Ministry as it deals with the emerging trends in sales of substances that may impact on public health, says ministry spokesman, Geoff Owen.

On May 31, the fantasy range of drugs including one four Butandiol were classified as a Class B1 controlled drug. One 4B can cause low respiratory rates, unconsciousness, vomiting, seizures and death.

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