Global SMART Update 2020

Vol. 24


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

The current opioid crisis is a far-reaching drug and public health policy issue affecting several geographical regions. Despite some progress, the crisis continues both to expand geographically and to deepen in complexity with the emergence of a new generation of new psychoactive substances (NPS) with opioid effects, including sub­stances belonging to chemical structural classes which were not significantly present on illicit drug markets previously. This evolution signals the potential development of similar new substances which may exacerbate the already significant challenges.



UN document ID number: N/A
Publication date: October 2020 
Number of pages: 16
File type: PDF
Languages: English, Spanish