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Europe: 57 New Designer Drugs in 2012..So Far

Designer drugs take over Europe - authorities count over 57 new designer drugs on streets of Europe in 2012

Designer drugs take over Europe – authorities count over 57 new designer drugs on streets of Europe in 2012

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has released its Annual report showing 57 new “legal” drugs on the streets so far in 2012; with no signs of any slow down.

Designer drugs are new chemical molecules (“novel substances”) which are technically NOT any of the molecules listed as controlled substances, and are therefore legal to manufacture, posses, and sell. Most, however, are practically very similar to synthetic marijuana, methamphetamine and derivatives,  bath salts, and other known-to-be-dangerous, illegal substances.

At first look, the bulk of the drugs appear to be stimulants. Part of the report notes that marijuana and cocaine are down on measures of market share, compared to stimulants and synthetic marijuana varieties (which are more like stimulants than they are like THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana).

European streets full of "legal" designer drugs (> 1 new molecule per week in 2012)

Read the report for full information, and watch the press conference for the executive summary and the likely policy pitches.

"most of the new psychoactive substances ... are synthesized .. in China and, to a lesser extent, India."
- Raw Story

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China is main producer of new designer drugs showing up on streets of Europe. Organize crime involved.

Press Conference Announcing Findings of the EMCDAA Annual Report

  • Thursday, 15 November 2012
  • Time: 10:00 Western European Time (Lisbon) (11:00 Central European Time)
  • Press conference venue: Conference Centre, Cais do Sodré, 1249-289, Lisbon
  • Interviews: European Commission and EMCDDA representatives will be available on the day of the launch in Lisbon to answer journalists’ questions. Across Europe, staff at the Reitox national focal points will answer country-specific queries



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