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GARMISCH PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany (Aug. 25, 2015) - Synthetic drugs such as bath salts and “spice”, are cheaper and easier to smuggle into Russia from China, and arecreating a new subculture of drug use specifically targeting those between the ages of 14 and 15 years old, said Dr. Denis Alexeev, Adjunct Faculty for the Countering Narcotics and Illicit Trafficking resident course at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. Alexeev presented some of his findings on the synthetic drug threat to Russia during a lecture to a group of international students attending the two-week CNIT resident course that focuses on 21st century national security threats as a result of illicit trafficking and other criminal activities. The Marshall Center will publish Alexeev ‘s research on Russia’s synthetic drug problem in a Marshall Center Occasional Paper later this year. (Marshall Center photo by James E. Brooks /RELEASED)