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With contributions from leading international academics across the social sciences, this accessible takes a critical look at the key contemporary issues and debates in the field. The 39 chapters are divided into three parts: Part I Central Social Science Theories Drug and Alcohol Studies Part II Pillars in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies Part III Controversies and New Approaches in Social Science Drug and Alcohol Studies This Handbook is an excellent reference text for the growing number of academics, students, scientists and practitioners in the drug and alcohol studies community.

Chapter 33: What's So ‘New’ About New Psychoactive Substances? Definitions, Prevalence, Motivations, User Groups and A Proposed New Taxonomy

What's So ‘New’ About New Psychoactive Substances? Definitions, Prevalence, Motivations, User Groups and A Proposed New Taxonomy
What's so new about new psychoactive substances? Definitions, prevalence, motivations, user groups and a proposed new taxonomy
Fiona MeashamRussell Newcombe
Introduction

One of the most interesting developments in the field of drug and alcohol studies in recent years has been the emergence of new psychoactive substances (NPS). This phenomenon is something of a (rapidly) moving target however, in terms of what we know about NPS, how different countries have reacted to their emergence and indeed, what we even mean by the term. This chapter will explore definitions, prevalence and user motivations in order to tease out the broader picture of what characterises NPS use, such that it should warrant a ...

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