Researchers train computers to predict the next designer drugs

Researchers have trained computers to predict the next designer drugs before they are even on the market, technology that could save lives. Identifying these so-called ‘legal highs’ within seized pills or powders can take months, during which time thousands of people may have already used a new designer drug. But new research is already helping law enforcement agencies around the world to cut identification time down from months to days, crucial in the race to identify and regulate new versions of dangerous psychoactive drugs.