Skip to comments.Surge in new drugs as Europeans seek “legal highs”
Posted on 11/16/2012 10:48:55 AM PST by Olog-hai
New psychoactive drugs are appearing on the market at the rate of about one a week as Europeans seek legal highs, a job made easier by the large rise in online drug retailers.
57 new substances have already been detected this year, up from 49 in 2011 and 41 in 2010, according to a report published on Thursday (15 November) by the Lisbon-based European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines continue to be the main stimulants, but they are competing with a growing number of emerging synthetic drugs.
Three natural productskratom, salvia and magic mushroomstop the list of ten legal highs offered online, but the remaining seven are synthetic. While they are commonly known as legal highsdesigner drugs that have similar effects to prohibited drugs, but are chemically different so that they are not illegalthe agency notes that they often contain banned or harmful substances.
(Excerpt) Read more at euobserver.com ...