Druglink article 2011 – Alphabet soup by Harry Shapiro

Identifying the array of chemicals now being sold over the internet as recreational drugs is a daunting task. But how much of a risk do these substances actually pose?

In its report in February, the International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) declared that designer drug production and distribution was “out of control”. The situation has prompted
increasing numbers of countries to reformulate their drug laws towards generic legislation to try and stay ahead of the chemists – or at least run side by side. In the UK, a Temporary Class Drug Order on new drugs has been proposed and according to the INCB, 51 new drugs have just been controlled in Japan.

Alphabet soup (PDF)