National Detection System of Drugs and Toxic Substances

The SINTES scheme is intended to document the toxicological composition of illegal substances in circulation in France. The information incorporated in this system comes from two sources:

  • the submission to the OFDT of the results of toxicology tests performed on seizures by law enforcement laboratories (French National Forensic Science Institute, Forensic Sciences Institute of the French gendarmerie and Customs laboratories)
  • investigations conducted by the OFDT on samples of substances obtained directly from users. These collections are governed by a strict regulatory framework and obtained by specifically trained survey workers.


New psychoactive Substances - Ten-year overview of the situation in France
Tendances n° 127, October 2018

New psychoactive substances and the Internet: current situations and issues
Tendances n° 84, January 2013

Recent information on the synthetic drugs circulating in France
Tendances N° 34, February 2004

Ecstasy and other synthetic products in France: situation portrayed by the SINTES facility, 1999-2002
Tendances N° 32, September 2003









Drugs in Europe

2019 EMCDDA European Drug Report

miniEDR2019s.jpgWhat do the latest data tell us about the European drug market? What are the new trends in drug use among European adults and school students? What are the harms associated with drug use and what is being done to counter them? These and other questions are explored in the 2019 EMCDDA European Drug Report.

  Country drug reports 2019

miniCountryProfiles.jpgDeveloped by the EMCDDA, in cooperation with the Reitox national focal points, these graphic-rich reports cover: drug use and public health problems; drug policy and responses and drug supply.

The European Union and the drug phenomenon

miniFAQDrugsEurope.jpgThe European Union & the drug phenomenon : Frequently asked questions, joint publication between the EMCDDA and the European Commission, october 2010, 12 p.