Global SMART Update 2018

Vol. 19


The Global SMART Update is designed to provide regular brief reports on emerging patterns and trends of the global synthetic drug situation.

The current issue provides presents an analysis of the synthetic drug situation before and after the rapid emergence of large numbers of NPS. Particularly, this report aims to shed light on how NPS have produced a transformative shift in a market that was characterised by a limited number of substances to one that includes hundreds of substances of diverse chemistries. This dramatic transformation has implications for effective monitoring, understanding and control of synthetic drugs and their precursor chemicals. Despite their diversity, NPS can be grouped into the same six categories of psychoactive effects known from traditional drugs under international control.



UN document ID number: N/A
Publication date: March 2018
Number of pages: 12
File type: PDF
Languages: English, Russian, Spanish