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Global synthetic drugs assessment

Amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances

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The 2014 Global Synthetic Drugs Assessment provides a global and regional analysis of the synthetic drugs market which includes both Amphetamine-Type Stimulants (ATS) and New Psychoactive Substances (NPS). An increase in methamphetamine trafficking has been observed in many regions and a growing range of NPS has become more widely available globally. This report aims to provide an improved understanding of the problem based on scientific evidence and information provided by Member States.

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Western and Central Asia regional overview

Methamphetamine continues to be the most commonly available ATS in Western and Central Asia, though use and seizure data for the region still remains scarce. Overall, levels of methamphetamine use in the region are low, but a surge in methamphetamine seizures in the Islamic Republic of Iran point to a possible increasing domestic market. Over the years, some ATS laboratories have been dismantled in Central Asia and there are concerns regarding the spread of manufacture to Afghanistan. Methamphetamine trafficking from the Islamic Republic of Iran to East and South-East Asia also appears to have spread to Europe.

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