2F-QMPSB. It is not a car license plate, but the chemical formula of the new drug. One of the many, too many synthetic substances created in sophisticated clandestine laboratories and then resold by criminal associations for a few euro, starting from the dark web.

To find it for the first time in Europe, checking a postal expedition from Spain, was the Guardia di Finanza of Malpensa. The Chemical Laboratory of the Customs and Monopoly Agency of Milan was in charge of identifying it: it’s a new psychoactive substance belonging to the family of synthetic cannabinoids, produced starting from Thc, the active ingredient of cannabis. It’s just synthetic drugs – along with heroin, however what’s worrying is the destructive effects on human health.

adult-beard-cigarette-drugsIn short, in addition to hashish, marijuana, cocaine, khat, Fentanyl, the alarm bell sounds louder for heroin (also yellow) and for new psychoactive substances (Nps). The latter, as explained by Gabriella Roda, head of the Chemistry-Toxicology laboratory of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Milan, “are devastating for the psyche. They are psychostimulants that at very low doses cause a real raptus of aggressiveness. When you read about people tearing their skin off with bites, inexplicably hurling themselves into the void from the balcony, or massacring themselves with hundreds of stabs, they are certainly under the influence of these devastating drugs.”

The synthetic cathinones, act at the level of the central nervous system, altering the personality and causing very strong feelings of excitement, delusions and hallucinations. They can be taken orally, intranasally, ie sniffed, and can be injected intramuscularly or intravenously. Usually, they take half an hour to enter the circulation and the effect can last for several hours.

“The difficulty lies precisely in the fact that they develop new molecules. The ‘game’ of these criminal associations is precisely that of removing one molecule and adding another” says the doctor, who comments: “In recent years, in fact, more than two hundred have been identified by Nps, with structures that are always different and increasingly difficult to identify”.