Phenomenon of new drugs on the Internet: the case of ketamine derivative methoxetamine


Dr O. Corazza, Research Manager, Recreational Drugs European Network, University of Hertfordshire, School of Pharmacy, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9AB, UK. Tel: +44(0)1707289431; Fax: +44(0)1707284506 E-mail:


On the basis of the material available both in the scientific literature and on the web, this paper aims to provide a pharmacological, chemical and behavioural overview of the novel compound methoxetamine. This is a dissociative drug related to ketamine, with a much longer duration of action and intensity of effects. A critical discussion of the availability of information on the web of methoxetamine as a new recreational trend is here provided. Those methodological limitations, which are intrinsically associated with the analysis of online, non-peer reviewed, material, are here discussed as well. It is concluded that the online availability of information on novel psychoactive drugs, such as methoxethanine, may constitute a pressing public health challenge. Better international collaboration levels and novel forms of intervention are necessary to tackle this fast-growing phenomenon. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.