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AMT to be banned from next month

A legal high will be banned in the Island from next month after a call for stricter controls from the Manx coroner.

Tynwald this week voted to ban alpha-methyltryptamine, known as AMT.

It followed a call from coroner John Needham who recommended the substance be made a controlled drug after the death of a Ballasalla man in February last year.

From July the first, AMT will be a Class C drug on the Island.

At Douglas courthouse last November an inquest heard that William Ritchie died either directly because of the toxic effects of AMT, or in combination with an underlying liver condition.

New rules to tackle the rise in the use of the drugs were announced by the European Commission earlier this year.

Health Minister Howard Quayle says AMT is a substance which gives rise to a social problem in the island and should be banned to reduce the potential for another death.


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