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

Authors


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: o.corazza@herts.ac.uk

Abstract

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.

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