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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 (NPS) are designed to mimic the effects of illegal narcotics such as cannabis, cocaine or heroin, and can be extremely harmful. Despite this, the synthetic drugs are often not illegal, earning the name 'legal highs', and can be cheaply purchased online.

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