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.
A government survey of Berlin nightclubs and bars has found that half of partygoers take amphetamines and MDMA fairly regularly. It was the first comprehensive study of the use of club drugs in the German capital.
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.
Germany's lower house has passed legislation to classify and ban whole groups of designer drugs. In 2015, dozens of people died from the chemical variants, which mimic the effects of illegal narcotics.
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.
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