Legal approaches to controlling new psychoactive substances (Perspectives on drugs)


The number and diversity of new psychoactive substances reported in Europe in recent years represents a major challenge for Europe’s policymakers. This analysis looks at countries’ legal responses to the new drugs phenomenon.

Part of the ‘Perspectives on drugs’ (PODs) series, launched alongside the annual European Drug Report, these designed-for-the-web interactive analyses aim to provide deeper insights into a selection of important issues.

Note that the online version contains additional interactive or audiovisual material not available in the PDF version.

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Table of contents

  • Analysis: controlling new psychoactive substances
  •  Interactive: legal innovations across Europe
  • Terms and definitions
  • New Zealand’s approach to the regulation of low-risk substances