European Commission takes decisive action against legal highs
The European Commission today proposed to strengthen the European Union’s ability to respond to ‘legal highs’ – new psychoactive substances used as alternatives to illicit drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy.
Under the rules proposed by the Commission today, harmful psychoactive substances will be withdrawn quickly from the market, without jeopardising their various legitimate industrial and commercial uses. The proposals follow warnings from the EU's Drugs Agency (the EMCDDA) and Europol about the scale of the problem and a 2011 report which found that the EU’s current mechanism for tackling new psychoactive substances needed bolstering (IP/11/1236 ).
- Full Press Release: European Commission takes decisive action against legal highs
- MEMO: Frequently Asked Questions: tackling psychoactive substances across Europe
- Speech Vice-President Reding: Tackling 'Legal highs': A quicker, smarter and more proportionate response
- COM(2013) 618 : Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Framework Decision 2004/757/JHA of 25 October 2004 laying down minimum provisions on the constituent elements of criminal acts and penalties in the field of illicit drug trafficking, as regards the definition of drug
- COM(2013) 619 : Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on new psychoactive substances
- Euronews 'Right on' episode: Imitation of illicit drugs