Drug precursor developments in the European Union


This paper describes the significant developments that have occurred in the last 5 to 10 years in the field of drug precursors related to synthetic stimulant drugs produced in the EU. This includes describing the ‘pre-precursor’ phenomenon and responses to it, both by the EU and by the drug producers themselves. The developments are complex and of a deeply technical nature. This paper will be of particular interest to forensic chemists, investigators or those involved in drug precursor control.

This is a supporting publication to the 2019 EU Drug Markets Report.

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Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • Scope of this report
  • Regulation of drug precursors in the European Union
  • International cooperation
  • Precursors for synthetic drugs produced in the European Union
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Abbreviations of chemical names
  • References
  • Acknowledgements