Designer Drug (DD) abuse in Poland; a review of the psychoactive and toxic properties of substances found from seizures of illegal drug products and the legal consequences thereof. Part 1 – Cannabinoids and Cathinones

Przemysław Biliński 1, Piotr Hołownia 2, Lucyna Kapka-Skrzypczak 3, Andrzej Wojtyła 4
1 - Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, Warsaw, Poland; Institute of Haematology and Transfusion Medicine, Warsaw, Poland
2 - Chief Sanitary Inspectorate, Warsaw, Poland
3 - Independent Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Institute of Rural Health, Lublin, Poland; Department of Public Health, University of Information Technology and Management, Rzeszow, Poland
4 - Department of Mother and Child Health, University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland; Department of Hygiene, Chair of Social Medicine, University of Medical Sciences, Poznan, Poland
Ann Agric Environ Med
2012; 19 (4):
ICID: 1024094
Article type: Other
 
 
Faced with the rapidly growing increase of designer drug abuse, particularly amongst the younger generation, various legislative strategies are currently employed world-wide for tackling this problem – however with mixed results. The key issue is that the producers of DDs are able to either exploit existing legal substances intended for other uses, but which have been found to possess psychoactive properties, or to synthesise new psychoactive substances by introducing chemical modifications, often very minor ones, thereby avoiding the prohibited use of chemicals included on any banned lists. Some countries opt to ban new drugs as and when shown or considered to be harmful, while others introduce sweeping bans based on chemical structure. Nevertheless, an ever increasing diversity of new DDs are constantly appearing on domestic and Internet markets. Poland, together with the UK and Eire, has placed temporary bans on all DDs whenever they have been identified, thus enabling sufficient time for assessing their potential hazards to health. Part of this ‘holding’ strategy entails a thorough review of the scientific literature, including expert opinion when direct evidence is lacking, as well as information received from EU support organisations Europol and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). This paper, in two parts, therefore aims to provide an up-to-date summary review of available scientific evidence on the harm caused by the six main chemical groupings of DDs found in drug seizures of illegal products recently made in Poland. The first part is devoted to Cannabinoids and Cathinones derivatives. Ensuing legislation can therefore be rapidly formulated to make the bans permanent as appropriate.
PMID 23311820 - click here to show this article in PubMed
  FULL TEXT STATS

Recommend this article to:

Name:
E-mail:
From:
Language:


Related articles in IndexCopernicus™
     drug abuse [50 related records]
     New Psychoactive Substances [4 related records]
     Legal highs [14 related records]
     Designer Drugs [9 related records]



 

Related articles

, ,
 Reviewing the demographic features, the patt...
The high prevalence of addiction imposes a lot of physical, mental and psychological problems to the society upon that of health one of the main ways of transmission of AIDS is the consumption of injection drugs and the drugs-related crimes have been...
ABSTRACT
B Kołłątaj, M Sowa,
The impact of medical knowledge on attitudes towar...
Introduction. In many countries, the concept of OTC drugs, among others, is defined in advance by the assumed maximum period of their use – usually 3-5 days. In fact, many patients often benefit from these opportunities too often, use medica...
ABSTRACT
, ,
 Survey the Status and Causes of Alcohol Cons...
 Background and Objective: Social behaviors are influenced by several variables. Hence, alcohol abuse as a high risk behavior in society cannot be considered apart from the economic, cultural and political systems. The aim of the study was to su...
ABSTRACT