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  • New psychoactive substances: Key challenges and responses

    Posted 3/07/2013 by Cat Barker
    As outlined in an earlier FlagPost, the availability and use of new psychoactive substances (NPS) have increased globally over the past decade. This has created new public health and law enforcement challenges that existing frameworks have failed to address, prompting a search for workable alternatives.False sense of safety associated with use NPS are often marketed as ‘legal highs’ and professionally packaged, which can give the impression that they are safer to use than illicit drugs with simi... Read more...

    TAGS: Drugs, illicit drugs, Ireland, new psychoactive substances, New Zealand, synthetic drugs, UNODC

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  • Synthetic drugs: Australian and international trends

    Posted 28/06/2013 by Cat Barker
     Synthetic drugs hit the headlines earlier this month following the death of a Sydney teenager who jumped from a third-floor balcony while under the influence of a hallucinogenic substance. They are again in the headlines this week after the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) announced it had arrested 225 people and seized 1,500 kilograms of synthetic drugs destined for the US and Australian markets. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) admitted in the World Drug Report 2013 that ‘... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Crime Commission, Drugs, illicit drugs, new psychoactive substances, synthetic drugs, UNODC

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