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List of Announcements

  • ALMATY, Republic of Kazakhstan – May 2019: According to the Express Analysis Reports and Weekly Reports of CARICC (Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre for Combating Illicit Trafficking of Narcotic Drugs Psychotropic Substances and Their Precursors), 39.5 kilograms of mephedrone and its derivates have been seized in the Russian Federation in the first months of 2019.

    The most recent seizure case took place in May in the Republic of Mari El, when police officers stopped a car and found 900 grams of mephedrone in the personal belongings of the passenger. Further investigations related to this seizure led to the dismantling of a clandestine laboratory manufacturing synthetic drugs, which was located in the garage of the suspect.

    Mephedrone counts to the group of synthetic cathinones and acts predominantly as a central nervous system stimulant, mimicking the effects of traditional drugs such as cocaine, amphetamine, methamphetamine and ecstasy. The substance was placed under Schedule II of the 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances in 2015.

    For further information please see:
    CARICC Reports
    Official statement of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation to the Seizure Case of May
    Synthetic Cathinones

  • MAASTRICHT, The Netherlands – April 2019: The sixth International Conference on NPS was held in Maastricht from 8 to 9 April 2019, with the aim to increase knowledge on NPS, strengthen the evidence base and promote innovative strategies to protect public health and foster global collaboration. 250 participants from multidisciplinary fields from 29 countries attended the conference. The sessions included latest trends in NPS use, settings, experiences and trends; detection, identification and characterization; pharmacology and toxicology; prevention, harm reduction, treatment and clinical management; performance- and image-enhancing drugs; early-warning and toxicovigilance; monitoring new psychoactive substances; and policy and legislation. The conference was jointly organized by the UNODC, EMCDDA, WADA, the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Maastricht.

    UNODC’s contribution to the conference included a presentation that provided an overview on the latest global trends of the NPS market, highlighting that periods of rapid emergence of substances of abuse have been often recorded in the long history of international drug control. The presentation looked at events behind the scenes and highlighted lessons learnt from the delineation of policy responses for NPS and traditional drugs; the creation of niche markets and the shift to vulnerable populations. It concluded by presenting best practices such as the Toolkit on Synthetic drugs which might aid in addressing possible future cycles of new substance emergence.