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EMCDDA–Europol 2010 Annual Report on the information exchange, risk-assessment and control of new

EMCDDA–Europol 2010 Annual Report on the information exchange, risk-assessment and control of new

  1. Terrapinzflyer
    This report presents the activities implemented by the EMCDDA and Europol in 2010 in support of Council Decision 2005/387/JHA on the information exchange, risk1assessment and control of new psychoactive substances (hereinafter referred to as the Decision) ( ).

    During 2010, 41 new psychoactive substances were officially notified for the first time in the European Union through the information exchange mechanism, the Early-Warning System (EWS), which was set up by the Decision. The number of new compounds reported in 2010 was higher than ever; the list of newly notified substances was rather diverse and included a plant-based substance, synthetic derivatives of well-established drugs, as well as substances that can be described as ‘designer medicines’. Under the so-called ‘Spice’ phenomenon, 11 new synthetic cannabinoids were reported, bringing the total number of synthetic cannabinoids monitored by the EWS to 21. The report also highlights the emergence of 15 new synthetic cathinone derivatives and notes the appearance for the first time of derivatives of phencyclidine (PCP) and ketamine.

    Furthermore, the report describes the increased availability of a large number of new unregulated synthetic compounds marketed on the Internet as ‘legal highs’ (2) as well as the EMCDDA’s activities in monitoring the online shops selling these products.
    In January 2010, after examining the available information collected on mephedrone (4- methylmethcathinone), the EMCDDA and Europol decided to launch a procedure for the production of a joint report. Pursuant to the findings of this report, the Council of the EU formally requested a risk assessment of the substance. The risk assessment exercise was undertaken on 15 July by the EMCDDA Scientific Committee, with the participation of additional experts from the EU Member States, the European Commission, Europol and the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Based on the findings of the risk assessment report, on 2 December 2010, the Council decided to submit mephedrone to control measures and criminal penalties throughout the European Union.

    Finally, the last two sections include a brief review of the key developments in the period 2005–10 and a look at some of the challenges for the coming years. In particular, the focus is on issues that relate to the challenges for identifying, monitoring and assessing the risks of various new substances, which increasingly appear on the Internet and on the European drug markets.

    In view of the ongoing assessment of the Council Decision 2005/387/JHA undertaken by the European Commission in the framework of the EU drugs action plan for 2009–12 (3), this report may provide additional insight into the functioning of the Decision.

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  1. jejune
    Version: 2011-05-11
    Do you mean list the "retail" names (White Doves, Spice) alongside their unlisted ingredients? Good question.

    Perhaps the thinking went, "If this gets out, everyone will know what's in what! That [I]could[/I] increase abuse." Ignoring, clearly, the even greater [I]decrease[/I] in harm that might also result. That's Canada's style.

    I thought the report was quite good, and the fact they publish it at all and for free is laudable. The "41 newcomers to watch" was great. I scanned the five earlier reports too. It's great historical data and quite timely.

    I may just be awe-struck. The odds of Canada's govt producing a report like that are nil, and of publishing it, aleph-nil.