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Concerns over rise in new synthetic drugs

Concerns over rise in new synthetic drugs

Updated 27 June 2013, 16:28 AEST

The annual United Nations' world drug report has found governments across the globe are struggling to cope with the rise of synthetic drugs.

The substances are sold openly over the internet and are often marketed as 'legal highs' but the report warns they can be far more dangerous than traditional drugs.

The Australian Government has tried to ban synthetic substances but it remains a game of cat and mouse with the manufacturers.

Presenter: Jane Norman,

Speakers: Michael Farrell, director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre; Jeremy Douglas from the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime

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