Special Report: Synthetic Cannabinoids and Synthetic Cathinones Reported in NFLIS 2013-2015
The U.S Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration Diversion Control Divison recently released a special report regarding synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones. This report includes information from NFLIS from 2013-2015 and lists synthetic cannabinoids and cathinones by the number and percent of national annual estimates. Below are highlights from the report:
- In 2009, two synthetic cannabinoids and five synthetic cathinones were reported to the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS). By comparison, in 2015, 84 different synthetic cannabinoids and 35 different synthetic cathinones were reported to NFLIS.
- From January 2013 through December 2015, among the 25 most frequently identified synthetic cannabinoids, a total of 95,143 reports were identified by State and local forensic laboratories and reported to NFLIS. During the same time, among the 20 most frequently identified synthetic cathinones, a total of 51,824 reports were identified by State and local forensic laboratories and reported to NFLIS.
- XLR11, AB-FUBINACA, and AB-CHMINACA accounted for 62% of the 25 most frequently identified synthetic cannabinoid reports from January 2013 through December 2015. During the same time, methylone, alpha-PVP, and ethylone accounted for 91% of the 20 most frequently identified synthetic cathinones.
- Between 2013 and 2015, XLR11 decreased in all regions. During the same time, AB-FUBINACA decreased in all regions except in the Northeast. Methylone decreased from 2013 to 2015 for all regions, and ethylone increased during the same period for all regions.