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United Nations Report Increase In Synthetic Drugs

A new report form the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime finds that illegal synthetic drugs like ecstasy and methamphetamine have become more popular around the world than cocaine and heroin. The report learned that seizures of pills and raids of secret laboratories mark the development of a troubling problem. Amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) have become the second most widely used illegal substances. “Affordable and easy to manufacture, ATS are attractive drugs of choice for millions of drug users in all regions of the world and offer criminals a new entry into unexploited and fresh markets,” read the report. In 2008, 32 million methamphetamine pills were seized worldwide. That number grew to 133 million methamphetamine pills last year.

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