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  • PARIS, France – March 2018: According to a recent report of the French Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (OFDT), findings based on monitoring online forums suggest that habitual NPS use might be confined to certain population groups. In Marseille, Bordeaux, and Lyon there have been reports of experimentation with synthetic cannabinoids purchased from online sites by high school students aged between 15 and 17 years of age and adults who are regular cannabis users. Aparticular interest in the inhalation of synthetic cannabinoids presented as "e-liquids" was noted in the survey finding. For NPS users in urban recreational settings in Lyon, Bordeaux and Rennes, online NPS purchases are particularly perceived as a guarantee of substance quality and could be a motivation for use.

    However, habitual NPS use has a limited appeal among most drug users because they fear the potentially potent effects of NPS that could lead to unpleasant or anxious experiences. Among disadvantaged populations in urban settings in Rennes, Marseille and Paris, the OFDT finds that the multiplicity of NPS, their complicated names and irregular Internet access together also prevent these populations from actively searching for NPS online.

    For more information, please see:

    Report on “Psychoactive substances, users and markets: recent trends (2016-2017)”


  • LONDON, United Kingdom – March 2018: A study on people receiving specialist treatment interventions for drug and alcohol misuse in secure settings (e.g. treatment services in prisons, young offender institutions and immigration removal centres) during 2016-17 in the United Kingdom, shows that 4,816 (8.1 per cent) of adults aged 18 and above were presented for problematic NPS use treatment. In these cases, NPS were either the only substance or one of several substances of problematic use. Problematic NPS use figures for 2016-17, signify an increase from 2015-16 when 6 per cent of adults aged 18 and above were presented for problematic NPS use treatment in secure settings.*

    However, among the 1,362 young people receiving specialist substance misuse treatment in the United Kingdom in secure settings in 2016-17, only 5 per cent cited problematic NPS use which signifies a decrease from 9 per cent in 2015-16.


    * These figures do not necessarily represent all NPS use in secure settings but rather reflect the number of individuals who report their NPS use as problematic to a healthcare or substance misuse practitioner.


    For more information, please see:

    National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) report on the secure setting statistics - 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017