EU -ACT Regional office in Tanzania organises a Seminar on New Psychoactive Substances, from 21st to 23rd November 2018 in Dar Es Salaam.
40 experts from Police, Prosecutors, Health, Forensics sectors from Tanzania have participated in a seminar on “New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)”.
The workshop has been organised by the EU-funded project, the EU Action against Drugs and Organised Crime (EU-ACT) jointly with the Drug Control and Enforcement Authority (DCEA).
During three days, the participants will discuss synthetic drugs, precursors and NPS, current trends, modus operandi in its production and trafficking, retailing, risks and consequences.
During the panel sessions, experts from Poland, Belgium and Estonia will present challenges faced and solutions adopted in the detection at customs, identification of substances and its symptoms by street police officers, investigation techniques and internet NPS sales. Participants also discussed challenges to the criminal justice systems: NPS chemical analysis by laboratories, evidence gathering and judicial cooperation.
The new psychoactive substances phenomenon continues to represent a considerable public health issue. In Europe, new drugs (at an average rate of one per week) are detected, and the overall availability of new psychoactive substances continues to grow. Much of the supply of new psychoactive substances originates in China, and the globalization of the markets makes any region vulnerable to this scourge.