Key Facts |
- Deaths involving new psychoactive
substances ('legal highs') such as mephedrone increased by 79%
from 29 in 2011 to 52 in 2012.
- The number of new psychoactive substances reported
by Member States to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
rose by 51% from 166 at the end of 2009 to 251 by mid-2012. This
exceeds the total number of psychoactive substances (234) currently
controlled by the international drug conventions.
- Operation Burdock, a multi-force operation in
2013 which targeted suppliers of new psychoactive substances across
the country, resulted in
- 73 warrants being executed
and 44 arrests made.
- The seizure of: half a kilogram of controlled
new psychoactive substances in Huddersfield and Oldham, a firearm
in London, £6,000 from a search in Cumbria, and the discovery
of a drugs factory in Hampshire.
- Police officers making personal visits to 274
people who had purchased new psychoactive substances from online
distributors and writing to a further 574 to warn them of the
dangers of using products labelled as 'legal highs.'
- Deaths involving the prescription
painkiller Tramadol have increased by 300%, from 43 a year in
2004 to 175 a year in 2012.
- The total number of drug-related deaths in 2012