Mechanisms and Methods for Placing New Psychoactive Substances under Control
Algimantas Čepas
Vilnius Institute for Advanced Studies; Vilnius University, Lithuania
Radosav Risimović
University of Criminal Investigation and Police Studies, Serbia
Published 2019-12-20


new psychoactive substances
drug policy

How to Cite

Čepas A. and Risimović R. (2019) “Mechanisms and Methods for Placing New Psychoactive Substances under Control”, Kriminologijos studijos, 7, pp. 27-55. doi: 10.15388/CrimLithuan.2019.7.2.


 The article deals with the international and national mechanisms used to place new psychoactive substances under control. The authors provide an overview of the systems in use in the United Nations and the European Union, as well as in many European and other states, to criminalize newly emerging psychoactive substances, as well as propose certain legislative changes that could be adapted in the European Union to make the procedures of criminalization more straightforward. The article also provides for an overview and analysis of legal formulations used to define new psychoactive substances in different European and other states: list approach, generic scheduling, blanket bans, regulation through the laws on consumer protection and health protection, establishing legal markets for new psychoactive substances.

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