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New drugs are constantly added to the market, many of them legal. Many new drugs with abuse potential are often called “legal highs,” as they are not banned by the federal government or states. Also, products may be labeled “not for human consumption” to avoid the label of illegal. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Addiction Europol says 41 new drugs entered the market in 2010. The legal status of the more familiar recreational substances has encouraged users to seek newer options that offer the advantages of being legal, less expensive, less contaminated with adulterants, more readily available, or with more desirable pharmacological effects.

Drugs of Abuse 2012 Update