New Psychoactive Substances

Deaths Due to New Psychoactive Stimulants

Sydney, Australia,

This seminar will cover recent research on all deaths due to new psychoactive stimulants in Australia.

Seminar Summary:

This presentation will address mortality due to new psychoactive stimulants and hallucinogens. These cover a wide range of “designer drugs” that have risen to prominence in the 21st century and become a source of clinical concern. They include drugs such as synthetic cathinones and NBOMe.

EU Drug Markets Report 2019

Published by

The EU Drug Markets Report 2019 is the third comprehensive overview of illicit drug markets in the European Union by the EMCDDA and Europol. 

The analysis presented in the report examines topics such as the links between drugs and other crimes, the licit economy and society more generally as well as the processes and players involved in the trade, from production and trafficking to distribution.

Five-Year Global Plan of Action to Combat Emerging Synthetic Drug Threats

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Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. Department of State
Publication Date

To deter and disrupt production and trafficking of illicit synthetic drugs into the United States, the Department of State has developed a new strategy that will attack this new business model of illicit international drug supply chains at all points to increase the cost, risk, and difficulties associated with producing, trafficking, and misusing these drugs.

Drug Trends and Drug Awareness Training

Edinburgh, United Kingdom,

Update your drug awareness knowledge with information on current trends in drug use including NPS (New Psychoactive Substances) with this credible and informative course. We discuss the most commonly used drugs and explore ways of working with people.

Course aims

This course aims to equip delegates with confidence in knowledge in drug trends, and practical tips when working with people who take drugs. 

Novel Psychoactive Substances Symposium

Philadelphia, United States,

The Center for Forensic Science Research & Education is hosting an international 2-day symposium on the status of the Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) crisis in the United States. The event will take place in Philadelphia on the 13th and 14th of November.

The focus of the event will be in on synthetic cannabinoids, opioids, benzodiazepines, stimulants and hallucinogens.

The symposium will cover the following topics:

Misuse of Novel Synthetic Opioids: A Deadly New Trend

Prekupec, M. P., Mansky, P. A., & Baumann, M. H. (2017). Misuse of Novel Synthetic Opioids. Journal of Addiction Medicine, 11(4), 256-265. doi:10.1097/adm.0000000000000324


Novel synthetic opioids (NSOs) include various analogs of fentanyl and newly emerging non-fentanyl compounds. Together with illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), these drugs have caused a recent spike in overdose deaths, whereas deaths from prescription opioids have stabilized. NSOs are used as stand-alone products, as adulterants in heroin, or as constituents of counterfeit prescription medications.

Chemsex: An Emergent Phenomenon

Dolengevich-Segal, H., Rodríguez-salgado, B., Bellesteros-López, J., & Molina-Prado, R. (2017). Chemsex. Un fenómeno emergente. Adicciones, 29(3), 207-209. doi:

Chemsex is the term given to the intentional use of psychoactive drugs in order to maintain sexual relations between men who have sex with men (MSM), usually for long periods of time and with multiple partners. This phenomenon has also been called Party and Play (PnP) in North America and intensive sex partying in Australia (Bourne et al., 2014).

Economic Hardships and Patterns of Drug Consumption in Europe

Publication Date

A new study recently published in the Journal of Health Economics considers the changes in patterns of drug consumption and attitudes towards substances among youth (15-24) across 28 European countries.

Of particular interest for the investigation was the way in which these relate to high levels of unemployment following the 2008 economic crisis.

Listed below are the study’s key findings: