The remaining drugs that fall within the 5-MeO group are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs ACT 1971. They fall within the category of 'new psychoactive substances' ('NPS'). In order to address the issue of NPS the UK Government passed the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. This new legislation, which came into force on 26 May 2016, creates the following offences in relation to NPS: importation including for personal use; exportation; supply; and production. The maximum sentence for these activities is seven years in prison. Possession is not an offence under the legislation but possession in a custodial setting, . prison, is an offence attracting a maximum of two years imprisonment. Please see our guide on the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 for a more detailed analysis of the law.
[ Editor's Note: Chryste Gaines, MBA, Olympic gold and bronze medal sprinter and former teammate of Marion Jones in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, stated the following in a Dec. 22, 2008 email to in response to the IOC ruling:
"We are being unfairly punished. If the drug testing agencies cannot determine if an athlete is taking performance enhancing drugs how are the teammates supposed to know?... It negates all the family functions, church functions, and social events we missed in the name of winning an Olympic medal." ]