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Surge in new drugs as Europeans seek “legal highs”
EU Observer ^ | 15.11.12 @ 17:24 (Nov. 15) | Honor Mahony

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 products—kratom, salvia and magic mushrooms—top the list of ten legal highs offered online, but the remaining seven are synthetic. While they are commonly known as “legal highs”—designer drugs that have similar effects to prohibited drugs, but are chemically different so that they are not illegal—the agency notes that they often contain banned or harmful substances. …

(Excerpt) Read more at euobserver.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: comfortablynumb; drugabuse; drugs; drugwar; eussr; legalhigh; warondrugs; wod; wodlist; wosd

1 posted on 11/16/2012 10:49:07 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

I have seen salvia in the produce dept of mexican markets here in the USA.


2 posted on 11/16/2012 10:52:42 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

There are various salvia plants. A little group of shrinks and psychologists at a state hospital I once worked at spoke with awe of the psychedelic one. It’s not the herb in the mexican stores.


3 posted on 11/16/2012 10:58:08 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: mylife

Not the same thing you are thinking. What you saw in the supermarket was just sage. You are thinking of salvia divinorum.


4 posted on 11/16/2012 10:59:48 AM PST by dinodino
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To: dinodino

It was labeled salvia.
I haven’t seen it in a while.
I am pretty sure it is harmless to ingest.
Just don’t smoke it.


5 posted on 11/16/2012 11:07:35 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: dagogo redux

Alright.
Heck, what do I know?


6 posted on 11/16/2012 11:09:53 AM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Olog-hai

“Surge in new drugs as Europeans seek “legal highs”.”

Why dont they just take up a sport? Join the army?


7 posted on 11/16/2012 11:20:13 AM PST by VanDeKoik
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To: mylife

“Salvia” is just the genus. It means sage. What you saw is a harmless herb, not salvia divinorum, the psychoactive monster plant.


8 posted on 11/16/2012 11:21:19 AM PST by dinodino
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To: mylife

I’m old school... Jimsonweed.


9 posted on 11/16/2012 11:24:01 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: dagogo redux

I’ve seen several videos on YouTube with people being under the influence if it. Dosen’t look much like fun to me.


10 posted on 11/16/2012 11:44:31 AM PST by windcliff
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To: VanDeKoik
Surge in new drugs as Europeans seek “legal highs”.

Why dont they just take up a sport? Join the army?

Why do people get drunk? The urge to alter one's mental state is as old as mankind.

Why do governments incentivize the creation and ingestion of dangerous new mind-altering chemicals by banning existing less dangerous ones (e.g., marijuana)?

11 posted on 11/16/2012 12:08:16 PM PST by JustSayNoToNannies ("mouth piece from the pit of hell" (Bellflower, 11/10/2012))
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To: Tijeras_Slim
I’m old school... Jimsonweed.

LOL.

12 posted on 11/16/2012 12:10:56 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Indian tobacco?


13 posted on 11/16/2012 12:37:16 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

I see now that is poison.


14 posted on 11/16/2012 12:42:01 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
hardcore... you related to Don Juan???
15 posted on 11/16/2012 3:50:03 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

It’s New Mexico dude, we don’t have peyote buttons, we have peyote hubcaps. ;)


16 posted on 11/16/2012 3:56:38 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: mylife

One man’s poison another man’s pleasure.


17 posted on 11/16/2012 3:58:08 PM PST by ichabod1 (Spriiingtime for islam, and tyranny. Winter for US and frieeends. . .)
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To: Tijeras_Slim

peyote hubcaps

Stop, you’re killin me.


18 posted on 11/16/2012 4:05:03 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
LOL!!! i still have one left(~35 years old) about he size of a silver dollar i kept as a memento of back in the day
19 posted on 11/16/2012 4:24:52 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Chode

The 70’s... just damn... ;)


20 posted on 11/16/2012 4:27:49 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Tijeras_Slim
right!
21 posted on 11/16/2012 4:32:54 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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