A designer drug, als known as research chemical, is designed to mimic the effects of a controlled substance, while avoiding classification as illegal and/or detection in standard drug tests. Designer drugs include psychoactive substances that have been designated by the European Union as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS).
There are hundreds of different drugs that are called NPS, and new drugs are developed almost every week. There are several ways to devide these drugs into groups. One of those is the ‘Drugs Wheel‘, developed by the UK based DrugWatch association, based on UK legistalation. For this website, we use a similiar approach