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Novel psychoactive substances: what the doctors should know in 2019?

Gniewko Więckiewicz, Robert Pudlo
Psychiatria 2019;16(4):227-232.

open access

Vol 16, No 4 (2019)
Prace poglądowe - nadesłane
Published online: 2019-10-30

Abstract

Psychoactive substances have been around for a very long time. In the 1980’s, chemical engineers created new psychoactive
substances as the answer to worldwide drug prohibition. So far, these legal highs have been proven to be worse
than the „classical drugs”. In this article the authors try to present the most important new psychoactive substances
including their groups, effects, side effects, mechanism of action, and all of those from view of medical doctor practicing
in Poland. The article also presents the problem from the legal point of view and explains the most liberal approaches
to illegal drugs in European Union. The need for further research is emerging.

Abstract

Psychoactive substances have been around for a very long time. In the 1980’s, chemical engineers created new psychoactive
substances as the answer to worldwide drug prohibition. So far, these legal highs have been proven to be worse
than the „classical drugs”. In this article the authors try to present the most important new psychoactive substances
including their groups, effects, side effects, mechanism of action, and all of those from view of medical doctor practicing
in Poland. The article also presents the problem from the legal point of view and explains the most liberal approaches
to illegal drugs in European Union. The need for further research is emerging.

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Keywords

novel psychoactive substances, new psychoactive substances, synthetic cathinones, cannabinoids

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Title

Novel psychoactive substances: what the doctors should know in 2019?

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 16, No 4 (2019)

Pages

227-232

Published online

2019-10-30

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2019;16(4):227-232.

Keywords

novel psychoactive substances
new psychoactive substances
synthetic cathinones
cannabinoids

Authors

Gniewko Więckiewicz
Robert Pudlo

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