“These products, which can be extremely potent, have now been reported in virtually all European countries,” according to the agency’s annual report. In 2011 there were 49 new synthetic drugs, according to the BBC.
The report also found that an estimated 85 million adults, one quarter of Europe’s adult population, use or have used an illicit drug, the report showed.
Rob Wainwright, Director of Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, said in a news release, “The new drugs phenomenon is now recognized to be a global issue and a globalized market, which makes it particularly difficult to control. The report shows that organized crime is involved in the production of new drugs, a rapidly developing and expanding market with low risks and high profits.”
Synthetic drugs are extremely dangerous and experts are still unsure of all the potential side-effects associated with such drugs.