Wednesday, June 26, 2013

UN World Drug Report 2013 - Alarming rise in NPS

The acronym NPS stands for new psychoactive substances.

World Drug Report: stability in use of traditional drugs, alarming rise in new psychoactive substances:

"This is an alarming drug problem - but the drugs are legal. Sold openly, including via the internet, NPS, which have not been tested for safety, can be far more dangerous than traditional drugs. Street names, such as "spice", "meow-meow" and "bath salts" mislead young people into believing that they are indulging in low-risk fun. Given the almost infinite scope to alter the chemical structure of NPS, new formulations are outpacing efforts to impose international control. While law enforcement lags behind, criminals have been quick to tap into this lucrative market. The adverse effects and addictive potential of most of these uncontrolled substances are at best poorly understood."

For more information:
World Drug Report 2013

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