Novel Psychoactive Substances

Novel Psychoactive Substances, 1st Edition

Classification, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Novel Psychoactive Substances, 1st Edition,Paul Dargan,David Wood,ISBN9780124158160

Dargan   &   Wood   

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An authoritative reference containing the classification, detection, supply and pharmacology of novel psychoactive substances and key information on the patterns of acute and chronic harm associated with their use

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Key Features

  • Includes chapters written by international experts in the field.
  • Provides a comprehensive look at the classification, detection, availability and supply of novel psychoactive substances, in addition to the pharmacology and toxicology associated with the substance.
  • Offers a single source for all interested parties working in this area, including scientists, academics, clinicians, law enforcement and regulatory agencies.
  • Provides a full treatment of novel psychoactive substances that have recently emerged onto the recreational drug scene including mephedrone and the synthetic cannabinoid receptors in ‘spice’ / ‘K2’.


Novel Psychoactive Substances: Classification, Pharmacology and Toxicology provides readers with background on the classification, detection, supply and availability of novel psychoactive substances, otherwise known as "legal highs." This book also covers individual classes of novel psychoactive substances that have recently emerged onto the recreational drug scene and provides an overview of the pharmacology of the substance followed by a discussion of the acute and chronic harm or toxicity associated with the substance. Written by international experts in the field, this multi-authored book is a valuable reference for scientists, clinicians, academics, and regulatory and law enforcement professionals.


Research scientists and academics in pharmacology and toxicology, biochemists and healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses and paramedics, law enforcement and legislative authorities.

Paul Dargan

Drs. Dargan and Wood are both expert advisors to the UK Government (Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, ACMD), UK Law Enforcement Services (Association of Chief Police Officers and Serious Organised Crime Agencies) and the European Union (European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, EMCDDA). They run a clinical service and have a clinical and research interest in novel psychoactive substances. They publish widely in this field and have both been invited to give keynote lectures at International meetings on this topic.

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Physician and Clinical Toxicologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London, London, UK

David Wood

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Physician and Clinical Toxicologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London, London, UK

Novel Psychoactive Substances, 1st Edition

Section 1: Background
1. Legal Classification of Novel Psychoactive Substances: An International Comparison
2. Monitoring novel psychoactive substances - a global perspective
3. Availability and Supply of Novel Psychoactive Substances
4. Epidemiology and Use of Novel Psychoactive Substances
5. Social issues in the use of novel psychoactive substances
Section 2: Analytical Techniques
6. Analytical techniques for the detection of novel psychoactive substances and their metabolites
Section 3: Individual Novel Psychoactive Substances
7. Synthetic Amphetamines including novel MDMA analogues
8. 1-benzylpiperazine and other piperazines
9. 4-methylmethcathinone (mephedrone) and other synthetic cathinones
10. Pipradrol and pripradrol derivatives
11. Aminoindanes and related compounds
12. Gamma-hydrogybutyrate and its analogues
13. Ketamine
14. Synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists
15. Herbal novel psychoactive substances
16. Tryptamines
17. Benzodifurans
18. Miscellaneous compounds

Quotes and reviews

"…this book provides up to date information on the classification, pharmacology, and toxicology of novel psychoactive substances often referred to as "legal highs" or "bath salts." The recreational abuse of these substances, driven by the twin engines of globalization and technology, has markedly expanded during the past decade…I highly recommend this book to anyone who is involved in investigating, treating, monitoring, or regulating the abuse of novel psychoactive substances."  Rating: 4 Stars--Doody.com, January 17, 2014
"The background, analytical techniques, and individual novel psychoactive substances are discussed by researchers in pharmaceuticals, law, public health, and various medical specialties. The topics include a global perspective on monitoring them, analytical techniques for detecting them and their metabolites, synthetic amphetamine derivatives, aminoindane analogues, ketamine, synthetic cannabinoid receptor agonists, natural fungal and herbal substances, and benzofurans and benzodifurans."--Reference & Research Book News, December 2013
"This reference book comprehensively collates a vast range of facts and details about the recently much debated topic of novel psychoactive substances, including the much talked about ‘legal highs’…This book would be a useful reference source for those with a keen interest in novel psychoactive substances internationally, and appeal to those working in this specialist area whether in the field of research or academics, or clinically."--PJonline.com, December 4, 2013

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