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Legal highs

EU scientists are working to analyse and identify synthetic drugs, in a fight against a rapidly-growing market.

New psychoactive substances, which are intended to mimic the effects of illegal narcotics like cannabis, cocaine, or heroin, can be extremely dangerous. Despite this, synthetic drugs are frequently not illegal, earning the name "legal highs," and can be purchased cheaply online.

Find out more on how the JRC's work contributes to identifying new psychoactive substances.

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