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Rapid Drug Alert Subsystem in Brazil launches first report

The Brazilian Rapid Drug Alert Subsystem (SAR) will release its first report next Monday (31), at 11 am, in an online event. The pioneering document provides an overview of the New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) detected in the national territory.

To follow the launch and learn about the report, just access this link on the date and time of the event, with no need to pre-register.

New Psychoactive Substances

The New Psychoactive Substances (NSP), composed mostly of synthetic drugs, are substances that are not subject to international control, that is, they are not listed in the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (1961) and in the Convention on Psychoactive Substances (1971), but they pose a public health risk comparable to those already controlled.

Although drugs of natural origin, such as marijuana and cocaine, have the highest prevalence of use among the world population, the consumption of synthetic substances has drawn the attention of world authorities in the last decade. As of August 2021, 1.049 NSPs had been identified and reported to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) by 133 countries.

about the SAR

Implemented on an experimental basis, the SAR is coordinated by the National Secretariat for Drug Policies and Asset Management of the Ministry of Justice and Public Security (SENAD/MJSP). Through the Subsystem, police officers can be more attentive to the emergence of new drugs; experts can more easily confirm the chemical composition of seized substances; and health professionals can receive guidance on symptoms and treatments for patients who have used these substances, for example.

In addition to acting in the identification, monitoring, analysis and communication of new substances to the police and health authorities, the SAR will also contribute to the monitoring of trafficking activities in the commercialization of these narcotics.

The SAR report was prepared with the contribution of the Federal Police (PF), through the Synthetic Drugs Report, and the Nucleus of Narcotics Examinations (NEE) of the Criminalistic Institute of the Superintendence of the Technical-Scientific Police of the State of São Paulo , together with the Center of Excellence for Reducing the Supply of Illicit Drugs (CdE) – pilot project resulting from a partnership between SENAD/MJSP, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and UNODC.

Click here and learn what SAR is and how it works.

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