Synthetic cannabinoids or new-generation amphetamines, disguised as "incense" or "bath salts", can be purchased easily online. The market for these highly dangerous drugs has exploded in recent years.
Iranian lawmakers have amended the country's strict laws on narcotics, making it harder to put people to death for drug-related crimes. The law could affect hundreds of inmates on death row in the conservative country.
Europe is a major market for illegal drugs, according to the latest European Drug Report. Experts have expressed concern about designer drugs and the growing number of drug-related deaths on the continent.
The Indian coast guard, apparently tipped-off by intelligence agencies, intercepted a drug-laden vessel off the Gujarat coast. The street value of the heroin is estimated at almost $550 million.
The number of people in Germany who died due to illegal drug use rose nine percent in 2016, according to the latest government figures. Officials have particularly warned about the increase of drug sales online.
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