A drug over a week in Europe
Almost a new drug per week: this is rhythm is detected psychoactive substances circulating within the European Union (EU), according to the joint annual report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Europol on Thursday 26 April. Of the 49 new drugs whose presence on the European market was established in 2011, nearly half - 23, specifically - are synthetic cannabinoids.
This seventh edition of the annual report of the EMCDDA follows the decision in 2005, the Council of Europe, to better assess the risks and control new psychoactive substances. Hence the establishment of an "early warning system of the European Union", in order to account for this very alarming emergence in terms of public health. With this system, the EMCDDA and Europol, police cooperation agency of the EU, noted that 2011 was a record year for the number of new drugs put on the market, whether proposed by shops online, in nightclubs or directly across the street.
The substances detected in Europe belong to three chemical classes: the cannabinoid.