Synthetic drug use in Europe is at an all-time high, with new synthetic substances appearing at an alarming rate. According to New York Daily News, European drug agencies are detecting a new synthetic substance almost every week. From 2005-2001, law enforcement detected 164 new synthetic drugs. Officials detected 49 new drugs in 2011 and 50 new drugs in 2012 so far. Cocaine and cannabis are still Europe’s most popular illicit drugs, but cocaine use is declining along with heroin use.
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) warns that the ingredients and effects of synthetic drugs are not well known. In a statement, EMCDDA said, “”Data from emergency rooms, toxicology reports and drug treatment centres indicate that the associated risks are not always well known by the users.” The report continued, “Consumers of these products are likely to be both unaware of what they are consuming and ignorant of the health and legal implications.”
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