Participation in OSCE Regional Round Table in Combating New Psychoactive Substances in Eastern Europe

Minsk/ Republic of Belarus, February 16 – 17, 2016 – SELEC representative participated as a key speaker to the Regional Round Table on “Legal and Operational Aspects, Challenges, Needs and Best Practices in Combating New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in Eastern Europe” organized by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

The past few years witnessed an unprecedented growth in the synthetic drugs market, especially in number, type and availability of new psychoactive substances (NPS).

The objective of the meeting was to raise awareness and familiarize the participants from Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russian Federation, and Ukraine with national and regional legal implications, practices and needs to combat the phenomena of new psychoactive substances, in order to enhance the cooperation and networking of law enforcement agencies from the Eastern Europe region.

The representative of SELEC, Mr. Svetlin Danailov, Bulgarian Police Liaison Officer and Anti-Drug Task Force Co-Manager, had two interventions during the round table. Mr. Danailov introduced SELEC, its structure, functions and activities,  presented the 2014 SELEC annual drug report on New Psychoactive Substances, and made a presentation on the production, proliferation and influence of new psychoactive substances on humans.