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Fiona Measham & Russell Newcombe

In: The SAGE Handbook of Drug and Alcohol Studies

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

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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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