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[European Commission] New psychoactive substances: Commission proposes new ban and strengthens the EU's early warning system and risk assessment . (31 Aug 2016)

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Today, the European Commission has proposed to subject the new psychoactive substance MDMB-CHMICA (sometimes referred to as "Black Mamba") to control measures across the European Union. According to the risk assessment report provided by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the acute toxicity of MDMB-CHMICA can cause severe harm to the health of individuals. So far, eight Member States have reported 28 deaths and 25 acute intoxications associated with MDMB-CHMICA. Multiple reports have also indicated the possibility that its use causes violence and aggression. This week, the Commission also proposed an amendment to the founding Regulation of the EMCDDA to allow for swifter and more effective EU action in the fight against new psychoactive substances. The proposal aims at further strengthening the EU early warning system and risk assessment on new psychoactive substances by streamlining and speeding up data collection and assessment procedures. It is part of the new approach agreed with the European Parliament and the Council to advance the negotiations on the package of legislative proposals on NPS proposed in September 2013.

Item Type:News
Source:European Commission
Date:31 August 2016
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Subjects:B Drugs and alcohol substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
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