Many Member States and the international community, in an effort to protect public health, have explored a wide range of legislative responses to address the dynamics of the NPS market, particularly the rapid emergence and attempts by manufacturers to circumvent legislation; the diversity of the problem; and scarcity of data to enable a full evaluation of harm. This Legal section of the UNODC Early Warning Advisory (EWA) provides an overview of the legal situation of NPS at the international level as well as of a wide range of legislative measures and/or regulations that have been adopted so far at the regional and national level to respond to this challenge.
Database of national legal responses to control NPS
The UN Toolkit on Synthetic Drugs
The legal module of the UN Tool Kit provides an in-depth insight covering different legislative approaches to synthetic drugs controls, which aids in the understanding of key considerations of the approaches and how they may apply in various national contexts.