Based on his many years of experience in forensic medicine analysis of intoxicants, Dr. Bernd Schwarze from the Chair of Forensic Medicine gave an exciting and anecdotal insight into the subject of "legal highs". This is about intoxicants that are not (yet) recorded in the Narcotics Act (BtMG) and the distribution of which is therefore not punishable. Often these are sold under cover names as bath additives or incense. Since the BtMG is formulated specifically for the substance, a small chemical modification is often sufficient to produce a new ?legal? drug. The lecture exemplifies the chemical development of such legal highs on the basis of known intoxicants and discusses the dangers of the little to unknown side effects, which are often first tested on the consumer. The chemical background also provides information about the surprisingly professional production and distribution channels of legal highs.
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