Infographic: synthetic cathinones notifications to the Early Warning System and seizures

This infographic coming from the publication New psychoactive substances: 25 years of early warning and response in Europe — an update from the EU Early Warning System presents some key statistics on notifications of the synthetic cathinones to the EWS and cathinones seizures (trends in the number and quantities seized), in the EU-27.

The source data for the graphics is available in the source tables on this page.

Number of synthetic cathinones notified for the first time, 2005-2021 (EU+2)
Trends in the number of seizures, 2005-2020 (EU)
Trends in the quantity of powder seized, 2005-2020 (EU)
Number of cathinone seizures by substance, 2020 (EU)
Quantity of cathinone powders seized by substance, 2020 (EU)

Source data

Table 1: Number of synthetic cathinones notified for the first time, 2005-2021 (EU+2)
Year Notifications
2005 1
2006 0
2007 0
2008 6
2009 4
2010 14
2011 7
2012 4
2013 8
2014 31
2015 26
2016 14
2017 12
2018 8
2019 10
2020 8
2021 6
Table 2: Trends in the number of seizures, 2005-2020 (EU)
Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Number of seizures 6 0 7 161 1010 1790 2662 2988 6398 6273 12398 21944 15059 13906 6412 5501
Table 3: Trends in the quantity of powder seized, 2005-2020 (EU)
Year Quantity seized (kg)
2005 0.5
2006 0
2007 0.001
2008 7.004
2009 40.026
2010 386.397
2011 394.509
2012 838.788
2013 883.67
2014 983.709
2015 1723.955
2016 1906.236
2017 1156.234
2018 1066.565
2019 747.092
2020 3304.315
Table 4: Number of cathinone seizures by substance, 2020 (EU)
Substance Number of seizures
N-ethylhexedrone 695
3-CMC 1149
3-MMC 716
4-CMC 890
Mephedrone 377
Other 1674
Table 5: Quantity of cathinone powders seized by substance, 2020 (EU)
Substance Quantity seized (kg)
N-ethylhexedrone 1182.06
3-CMC 860.151
3-MMC 746.504
4-CMC 211.134
Alpha-PHP 176.678
Other cathinones 129.988

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