The Challenge of Synthetic Drugs in East and South-East Asia and Oceania - Trends and Patterns of Amphetamine-type Stimulants and New Psychoactive Substances. UNODC. (2015)


This report analyses recent trends and developments of the synthetic drugs market in East and South-East Asia and Oceania, comprising both amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) and new psychoactive substances (NPS). NPS are substances of abuse that are not controlled by the International Drug Conventions but which may pose a public health threat. In this context, the term ‘new’ does not necessarily refer to new inventions but to substances that have recently become available. East and South-East Asia and Oceania has the largest ATS market in the world and in recent years the scope and availability of NPS has rapidly expanded. Moreover, this synthetic drugs market is becoming more complex and interconnected with other regions. These developments warrant an in-depth study to understand the current threat and impact of ATS and NPS in East and South-East Asia and Oceania within a global context.


Keywords: Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS), new psychoactive substances (NPS), drugs, ecstasy

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