U.N. Sees Soaring Use of Synthetic Drugs and Psychoactive Highs

There has been an “unprecedented expansion” of the use of synthetic drugs like ketamine, amphetamines, and artificial cannabis, and they're taking up a larger share of the market, according to a new United Nations report. Legal highs and new psychoactive substances (NPS) are now being used more widely than heroin and cocaine, but there's been a particular boom in synthetic cannabinoids. The U.N. reports that the number of legal weed-simulating substances has doubled from 60 in mid-2012 to 110 in 2013.


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