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Designer drugs more prevalent

The International Narcotics Control Board has announced that the prevalence of designer drugs modified to circumvent the law is on the rise. It said illicit drug producers were modifying the molecular structure of drugs resulting in a new product with a similar effect.

The Vienna-based agency said that the instructions on how to make such designer drugs were often shared on the internet. It said that a total of 16 new designer drugs were being closely watched in Europe and Japan.

President of the INCB, Hamid Ghodse said that given the health risks posed by designer drugs, the INCB urges all governments to adopt national control measures to prevent the production and trafficking of these substances.

The report claimed that greater efforts were needed to crack down on corruption and allow for better access in many parts of Asia and Africa through better education and legalisation.

It claims more than 90 per cent of legal drugs on the market were consumed by the west, while ore of 80 percent of the world’s population had little access to pain relief and basic medication. The report stated that South Asia was now one of the biggest sources for chemicals to produce synthetic drugs.

The INCB report concluded that Europe made up of half the world’s consumption of heroin, while cocaine trafficking was up in Africa, after being on the decline for the last two years.

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