Synthetic drugs flooding illicit market, says new UNODC report

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The illicit market for synthetic drugs is expanding in an unprecedented way both in scope and variety, according to United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

A new report by UNODC shows the trafficking of methamphetamine is on the rise, and new psychoactive substances are flooding the market.

The drugs, which include ecstasy, are known as amphetamine-type stimulants that UNODC says "seriously harm users".

They are reportedly more widely used than cocaine, opium or heroin.

The World Health Organization says that younger people in particular have a skewed sense of safety about the substances, wrongly believing that the drugs are safe.

UNODC also reports what they called a "particularly worrying development".

The Office has found that many drugs are what it describes as "chemical cocktails" that emergency health services may be powerless to treat.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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