New psychoactive substances in Europe. An update from the EU Early Warning System (March 2015)


This short report provides an update on new psychoactive substances (NPS) in Europe for 2014. It highlights recent developments, including the growth of the market over the past few years, as illustrated by seizures by law enforcement and other indicators, as well as the growing number of serious harms that are being reported as a result.

Please also see the accompanying poster/wall-chart.

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Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • At a glance
  • The market in new psychoactive substances
  • Synthetic cannabinoids
  • Opioids
  • Monitoring and responding to serious harms
  • Summary