Govt cracks down on party pills
The manufacturers of party pills are going to have to prove their products are safe before they can be sold, and tests could cost about $2 million
Drugs known as "legal highs" will have to be proved safe before they can be sold under a bill the Government has introduced to Parliament.
Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne says the legislation is "a complete game-changer" in the way party pills are treated.
"It's about moving from constantly playing catch-up with this industry on each new product to reversing the onus of proof - now they will have to prove every product is safe before it goes on sale."
Mr Dunne says it will clean up what has been a "highly irresponsible" industry.
He expects the law to be in place by August, when it will replace a temporary notices regime which has taken more than 50 products off the market.
Penalties under the bill include two years in jail and fines of up to $500,000.
Mr Dunne has previously said there will be rigorous testing procedures which could cost up to $2 million for each product.