Physiological Actions of Alcohol and Drugs
The CBHSQ Report- Update: Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits Involving Synthetic Cannibinoids
Donna M. Bush, Ph.D., F-ABFT and David A. Woodwell, M.P.H. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (October 2014)
Research Chemicals and Designer Drugs
A brief summary of what research chemicals are, how they are obtained and use, as well as what potential risks they hold. Basic introduction into this topic.
Designer Drugs: Assessment and Management
Michael F. Weaver, John A. Hopper, and Erik W. Gunderson. Addiction Science and Clinical Practice. National Institutes of Health. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (March 2015)
Recent designer drugs, also known as “legal highs,” include substituted cathinones (e.g., mephedrone, methylone, and methylenedioxypyrovalerone, often referred to as “bath salts”); synthetic cannabinoids (SCs; e.g., Spice); and synthetic hallucinogens (25I-NBOMe, or N-bomb). Compound availability has evolved rapidly to evade legal regulation and detection by routine drug testing. Young adults are the primary users, but trends are changing rapidly; use has become popular among members of the military.