Forensic Toxicology

, Volume 37, Issue 1, pp 265–271 | Cite as

Profile of new psychoactive substances (NPS) and other synthetic drugs in seized materials analysed in a Brazilian forensic laboratory

  • Yuri MachadoEmail author
  • José Coelho Neto
  • Rogério Araújo Lordeiro
  • Monique Ferreira Silva
  • Evandro Piccin
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor

New psychoactive substances (NPS) are defined as any “narcotic or psychotropic drug in pure form or in a preparation that have not been scheduled under the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs or the 1971 United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances, and that may pose a threat to public health comparable to the substances scheduled” [1]. The NPS have similar effects to “classic” drugs, such as cocaine, “ecstasy”, cannabis and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and they have become a global phenomenon over the last 9 years. The worldwide continuous growth of NPS poses a risk to public health and is a challenge to law enforcement agencies [2, 3].

One of the best-known approaches to counter the threat of NPS is to schedule these substances under specific controls [4]. In Brazil, the scheduling of substances falls to the Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA), an executive agency responsible for sanitary control of products and services...



We would like to thank all our laboratory colleagues, especially Ms. Cláudia Ricoy for encouraging us to carry out this work, and the trainees Mr. Luan Carlos Vieira Alves, Ms. Fernanda Michele Viana and Ms. Claudinete Vieira de Oliveira by helping us with data typing.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

This article does not contain any studies with human participants or animals performed by any of the authors.

Supplementary material

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Fig. S1 Identification per drug group during 2008–2017 (PDF 35 KB)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Seção Técnica de Física e Química Legal - Divisão de LaboratórioInstituto de Criminalística da Polícia Civil de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  2. 2.Departamento de Química, Instituto de Ciências ExatasUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de Física e Química, Instituto de Ciências Exatas e InformáticaPontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil
  4. 4.Departamento de Patologia Geral, Instituto de Ciências BiológicasUniversidade Federal de Minas GeraisBelo HorizonteBrazil

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