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The Future

The UK followed Ireland and introduced a Psychoactive Substance Act.  (NPS)

New compounds will surface with little or no known therapeutic data and the only net benefit seems to the closing of high street "head shops."  This has in turn forced the problem out of the public eyes, which may have resulted in some political benefit for our government in reducing the ASBO part of drug use on our street.

New psychoactive will change the workplace drug scene too. The traditional heroin, cocaine use is reducing. Cannabis is becoming decriminalised in many places, and prescription benzodiazepines are increasing dramatically.

The SCRA's continue to be imported with the trade now being done through the internet, where there is less control of supply quality and dosage.

Last year in Norway, their customs reported that New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) accounted for more seizures than all of the traditional illicit drugs combined.

EWDTS and the testing laboratories will need to adapt to this.


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