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Published on December 22nd, 2017 | by Elpida Tsiaka

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Fight against illicit drugs: Commission proposes to ban seven new substances

On Monday, 18 December 2017, the Commission proposed to ban seven new psychoactive substances (NPS) across the European Union, in addition to nine others banned previously this year. These toxic substances can cause severe harm to health and can even lead to death, and pose a growing threat to public health in Europe.

Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos said: “New psychoactive substances pose an increasingly serious threat to public health. In Europe, we work to make sure that we stay one step ahead of this fast-moving and dangerous business. More needs to be done to keep European citizens safe, especially the younger generations. We need to ensure not only that these new drugs cannot be bought, but also that they don’t appear on the market in the first place. I now call for the Council to take a swift decision in order to speedily remove those new drugs from the market.”

Currently, these seven new psychoactive substances are not covered by international drugs controls and remain a serious challenge to European public health, especially for young people. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), these toxic substances are associated with over 170 deaths across the EU and a number of acute intoxications. The Commission’s proposals will now be discussed in the Council, which, in consultation with the European Parliament, will decide whether to adopt the measures.

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