Synthetic drug production in Europe (Perspectives on drugs)


Synthetic drugs have been produced illicitly in Europe for over 40 years and, by global standards, Europe remains a significant producer today. Described in this analysis are current trends in illicit synthetic drug production in Europe and some of the challenges faced by law enforcement in this regard.

Part of the ‘Perspectives on drugs’ (PODs) series, launched alongside the annual European Drug Report, these designed-for-the-web interactive analyses aim to provide deeper insights into a selection of important issues.

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Table of contents

  • Analysis: synthetic drug production in Europe
  • Interactive: synthetic drug precursors
  • Facts and figures
  • APAAN, the latest challenge in Europe