Novel Psychoactive Substances: Classification, Pharmacology and Toxicology provides readers with background on the classification, detection, supply and availability of novel psychoactive substances, otherwise known as "legal highs." This book also covers individual classes of novel psychoactive substances that have recently emerged onto the recreational drug scene and provides an overview of the pharmacology of the substance followed by a discussion of the acute and chronic harm or toxicity associated with the substance. Written by international experts in the field, this multi-authored book is a valuable reference for scientists, clinicians, academics, and regulatory and law enforcement professionals.
- Includes chapters written by international experts in the field.
- Provides a comprehensive look at the classification, detection, availability and supply of novel psychoactive substances, in addition to the pharmacology and toxicology associated with the substance.
- Offers a single source for all interested parties working in this area, including scientists, academics, clinicians, law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
- Provides a full treatment of novel psychoactive substances that have recently emerged onto the recreational drug scene including mephedrone and the synthetic cannabinoid receptors in ‘spice’ / ‘K2’.
Research scientists and academics in pharmacology and toxicology, biochemists and healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses and paramedics, law enforcement and legislative authorities.
List of Contributors
Section 1: Background
Chapter 1. Legal Classification of Novel Psychoactive Substances: An International Comparison
Traditional Control Mechanisms
Chapter 2. Monitoring Novel Psychoactive Substances: A Global Perspective
The Identification, Risk Assessment and Monitoring of Novel Psychoactive Substances
The EU Ews Information Exchange
International, Regional and National Drug Monitoring Systems
Sources for Detecting and Monitoring Novel Psychoactive Substances
Chapter 3. Availability and Supply of Novel Psychoactive Substances
Novel Psychoactive Substance Market
NPS Origins and Market Entry
NPS Market Structure
Chapter 4. Epidemiology of Use of Novel Psychoactive Substances
General Population Surveys
Summary and Conclusions
Chapter 5. Social Issues in the Use of Novel Psychoactive Substances: Differentiated Demand and Ideological Supply
Prevalence in Context: Differentiated Demand in Different Leisure Venues
Understanding Motivations: The Displacement Question
Exploring Social Harms: Legislative Control and the Supply of NPS
Policy Options in a Changing World
The NPS Debate: Historical Stagnation and Vested Interests (A UK Perspective)
Section 2: Analytical Techniques
Chapter 6. Analytical Techniques for the Detection of Novel Psychoactive Substances and Their Metabolites
Analytical Methods Covering Several Classes of Novel Psychoactive Substances
Methods for Screening
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- 27th August 2013
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"…this book provides up to date information on the classification, pharmacology, and toxicology of novel psychoactive substances often referred to as "legal highs" or "bath salts." The recreational abuse of these substances, driven by the twin engines of globalization and technology, has markedly expanded during the past decade…I highly recommend this book to anyone who is involved in investigating, treating, monitoring, or regulating the abuse of novel psychoactive substances." Rating: 4 Stars--Doody.com, January 17, 2014
"The background, analytical techniques, and individual novel psychoactive substances are discussed by researchers in pharmaceuticals, law, public health, and various medical specialties. The topics include a global perspective on monitoring them, analytical techniques for detecting them and their metabolites, synthetic amphetamine derivatives, aminoindane analogues, ketamine, synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, natural fungal and herbal substances, and benzofurans and benzodifurans."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
"This reference book comprehensively collates a vast range of facts and details about the recently much debated topic of novel psychoactive substances, including the much talked about ‘legal highs’…This book would be a useful reference source for those with a keen interest in novel psychoactive substances internationally, and appeal to those working in this specialist area whether in the field of research or academics, or clinically."--PJonline.com, December 4, 2013