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Drugnet Europe News from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction — January–March 2012

New psychoactive substances

Second international forum on new drugs

The EMCDDA and the United States National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) are joining forces to host the Second international forum on new and emerging psychoactive substances, to be held in Palm Springs (CA) from 8–11 June. The rapid emergence of new drugs and the global nature of the phenomenon highlight the importance of international cooperation in this area.

The First international multidisciplinary forum on new drugs, organised by the EMCDDA in May 2011, gathered experts from a wide range of disciplines to review global developments in the new drugs and ‘legal high’ phenomenon. Participants from 40 nations discussed how a broad range of new drugs had begun to be used in their countries and how policies had been developed in response (1). This year’s forum will focus on new and emerging synthetic and natural drugs, such as synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists (e.g. Spice) and stimulants (e.g. cathinones). It will be held in conjunction with the 74th NIDA annual meeting.

Liesbeth Vandam and Roumen Sedefov


Drugnet Europe is the EMCDDA's newsletter launched in September 1996. The newsletter provides regular and succint information on the Centre's projects and activities to a broad readership.

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