Polish MPs voted through a bill which enables a ban on the production and sale of designer drugs (pl. dopalacze). Most likely, these regulations will come into force at the beginning of November. 400 MPs voted in favour of the bill, three were against and three abstained from the vote. The government bill introduces regulations which forbid the production and sale of ‘boosters’ (a literal translation of dopalacze) in Poland. According to the bill, the term ‘designer drugs’ refers to substances derived from plants or mushrooms which can be used as a narcotics or psychotropic substances. Sanitary inspectors can stop the sale of ‘suspicious’ substances or even close the building in which it is produced or sold if they believe the designer drug is dangerous (i.e. a health risk). This only applies to products not encompassed by other regulations. This would prevent the Department of Sanitation closing down shops selling alcohol or tobacco because the principles of their sale are defined in separate laws. According to members of the opposition, the previous legislative proposal created such a situation. Fines for the sale of designer drugs vary from PLN 20,000 to PLN 1 million.