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EUDA. EU Drug Market: New psychoactive substances — Distribution and supply in Europe: New opioids

EUDA. EU Drug Market: New psychoactive substances — Distribution and supply in Europe: New opioids

New opioids are sold as substances in their own right and as replacements for controlled opioids. They are also mis-sold as or used to adulterate heroin and other controlled opioids for unsuspecting consumers. In some cases, they are used to make fake tablets of opioid analgesic medicines, such as oxycodone. Recent signs of the emergence in Europe of mixtures of benzodiazepines and xylazine with new opioids – seemingly copied from North America – also raise concerns. Occasionally, new opioids are found in non-opioid controlled drugs, such as cocaine. (EMCDDA/Europol. 27.06.2024)

https://www.euda.europa.eu/publications/eu-drug-markets/new-psychoactive-substances/distribution-and-supply/new-opioids_en