Poland aims to crack down on designer drugs

Poland’s health minister has said legal changes are being planned to help crack down on designer drugs.

Around a dozen people aged 14 to 30 from the north-western town of Trzebiatów were taken to hospitals at the beginning of this week after they showed symptoms of ingesting psychoactive drugs. Some of them were in a serious condition.

An 18-year-old was on Wednesday charged with selling harmful psychoactive substances.

Poland currently bans the possession and production of 38 such substances without permission.

“The problem is that manufacturers of dangerous substances can evade [the law] very easily by introducing small changes in the composition and devising new names,” said Health Minister Łukasz Szumowski.

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