A DRUG being marketed as a safer alternative to ketamine is banned from today.
Previously classed as a legal high, Methoxetamine has now been made the subject of a temporary banning order.
Police in West Yorkshire say anyone supplying the white powder - also known as Mexxy, Mket and MXE - will be commiting a crime. The drug is the first to be subject of a temporary banning order in the UK.
Bryan Dent, West Yorkshire Police’s force drugs co-ordinator said: “The Government has banned Methoxetamine, all be it temporarily for 12 months, which will allow the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs time to assess the harms that this drug can cause to people and communities.
“Within the 12 months period, anyone found to be supplying the substance to another person will commit an offence and be liable to arrest and prosecution. Although the person who is in simple possession of the substance will not commit an offence, the police still have the power to search for and seize the substance.
”We welcome the temporary banning of Methoxetamine, and indeed any substance which causes problems for our communities. We know Methoxetamine is and has been used in West Yorkshire, There is no evidence to support the marketing claim that it is less harmful than Ketamine, and users of Methoxetamine run the risk of harmful health effects.”