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MDAI: Isle of Man government extends 'legal high' ban

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Image caption The synthetic chemical replicates the effects of ecstasy

The Isle of Man government will extend its ban on the legal high MDAI for a fourth consecutive year.

The synthetic chemical was developed as an antidepressant in the United States during the 1990s and is said to replicate the effects of ecstasy.

The drug was first banned by Tynwald in 2011 following the death of a 17-year-old girl from Ramsey.

Under the ban, MDAI will remain a Class C drug in the Isle of Man under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1976.

It is not currently banned in the UK.

The new order will be effective for 12 months from 1 January 2015.

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