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Workshop on Synthetic Drug Identification and Conference on Drug Trafficking and Chemical Precursors

San Salvador, 28 November 2019. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN) in El Salvador and the Global Programme SMART, in coordination with the National Anti-Drug Commission, held a workshop on the identification of synthetic drugs on 26 November, 2019.

The objective of this training is to provide the necessary tools to the authorities of El Salvador dedicated to the identification of synthetic drugs and new psychoactive substances.

Seventy-four officials from the following institutions participated: General Prosecutor's Office, National Directorate of Medicines, General Directorate of Customs, Ministry of Health, Psychiatric Hospital, Social Security Institute, FOSALUD, Anti-Narcotics Division, National Anti-Drug Commission, Technical-Scientific Police Division and NGO's for the treatment of addictions.

The workshop was offered through the webinar format and was dictated by Joao Rodrigues, UNODC expert in synthetic drugs of the global SMART program.

Following this conference, the lecture "Analysis of drug trafficking and chemical precursors in El Salvador" was given by UNODC-El Salvador expert Juan Ricardo Gómez Hecht. In his presentation, Gómez presented the current situation of drug trafficking in the country, as well as the strategic factors that have strengthened it.

National Anti-Drug Commissioner Eduardo Loyola gave the opening remarks of the event and at the end moderated, together with Juan Ricardo Gómez Hecht, a debate on the subject in which the technical staff attending the workshop participated.