Overview of Seizures of New Psychoactive Substances in Europe 2017

"By the end of December 2017, the EMCDDA was monitoring more than 670 new substances that have appeared on Europe’s drug market over the past 20 years. This total includes 51 substances that were reported for the first time during 2017 (Figure 1), namely 13 opioids, 12 cathinones, 10 cannabinoids, 4 phenethylamines, 3 benzodiazepines, 2 tryptamines, 1 arylcyclohexylamine, 1 arylalkylamine, 1 piperidine/pyrrolidine and 4 substances that do not belong to these other groups. This was the second year in a row when the number of new substances reported for the first time has decreased, from a high of around 100 substances in 2014 and 2015 to around 50 to 60 substances per year (roughly one new substance every week). It also marked the first time when the new opioids were the single largest group of new substances to appear on the drug market in any one year — a position that has previously been dominated by the cannabinoids and cathinones. With 38 substances overall, 2017 saw the opioids become the fourth largest group of substances monitored, after synthetic cannabinoids (179 substances), cathinones (130) and phenethylamines (94) and not including the miscellaneous category ‘other substances’."


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