UNODC trains law enforcement officers on risk analysis and detection of the New Psychoactive Substances on 22-26 May 2023 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

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On 22 May 2023, UNODC, within the framework of the Sub-programme 1 “Preventing and Countering Transnational Organized Crime” of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2022-2025, in cooperation with the Central Asian Regional Information and Coordination Centre (CARICC), launched a regional training course on ‘Risk analysis and detection of the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)’ for law enforcement officers from the countries bordering with Afghanistan: Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

During the 5-day training, the experts from CARICC and the Direzione Centrale per i Servizi Antidroga (the Central Directorate of Counter Narcotics Service of Italy) will provide the participants with the comprehensive understanding of the risks associated with NPS, modern trends and trafficking routes, methods of concealment, methodologies and techniques used for detecting NPS. A special attention will be given to the increasing threat of synthetic drugs originating from Afghanistan as well as enhancing law enforcement cooperation.

The main topics will be covered during the training course:

  • Classification of drugs, major routes and trends in the drug trafficking;
  • New psychoactive substances (NPS) trends and routes;
  • Identification the main types of synthetic drugs;
  • Concealment methods and specialized equipment used for detection and identification of NPS;
  • Risk indicators and risk profiling;
  • Major indicators of the clandestine laboratories and safety measures;
  • Practical exercises and case studies.

The training is designed to contribute to better response to NPS by enhancing knowledge and skills of the law enforcement officers working at BCPs bordering with Afghanistan in countering synthetic drug production and distribution, as well as enhancing law enforcement cooperation.