National authorities in South Asia enhance their understanding on new psychoactive substances (NPS)

New Delhi (India), 12 August 2016 - In recent years, a wide range of new psychoactive substances (NPS) has been identified in the world. For instance, between 2008...

and 2015, a total of 644 NPS had been reported by 102 countries and territories to the UNODC early warning advisory on NPS. However, only four NPS have been reported from two countries in South Asia have reported the emergence of NPS, which may show the low level of understanding of NPS in the region.
In this light, the UNODC Global Synthetic Monitoring: Analyses, Reporting and Trends (SMART) programme organized a training workshop related to NPS for national authorities in South Asia on 09 – 10 August, 2016, in Delhi, India, with an aim to raise awareness of NPS among participants. At the workshop, the Global SMART programme presented types of NPS and their adverse effects, trends of NPS at the global and regional level (East Asia and the Pacific) as well as international and national legal responses to NPS.