New drug reported every week in Europe


There are a growing number of emerging synthetic drugs, such as cathinones – which include mephedrone


A new drug is reported in Europe at a rate of about one every week, according to a new report.


• Concerns over emerging synthetic drugs


• Around 50 new drugs have been detected this year



Some 50 new substances have already been detected this year, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) said, with new drugs reported in the EU at the rate of around one per week.

A total of 49 new “psychoactive” substances were officially notified for the first time in 2011, the EMCDDA said – the largest number ever reported in a single year, up from 41 in 2010, and 24 in 2009.

And preliminary data for 2012 showed no signs of a decline, with more than 50 already detected so far this year.

According to the EMCDDA’s annual report, The State of the Drugs Problem in Europe, the number and diversity of substances reported is rising and drugs are becoming more obscure. Read More…

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