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Substance misuse: Emerging drug trends

Special K, liquid ecstacy, super E, ice. Pharmacists in city areas mayhave heard these mentioned. Rather than admit, or maintain, ignoranceit is worth learning about some of the newer drug trends

By Rhys Ponton, PhD, MRPharmS, Jenny Scott, PhD, MRPharmS, and Janie Sheridan, PhD, FRPharmS

Ketamine
Emerging drugs of misuse: ketamine is usually snorted (Michael Donne SPL)

Special K, liquid ecstacy, super E, ice. Pharmacists in city areas may have heard these mentioned. Rather than admit, or maintain, ignorance it is worth learning about some of the newer drug trends

 

Summary

Along with the more common drugs of abuse, several new recreational drugs are hitting the streets. Some of these are discussed in this article. Little research has been conducted concerning these new drugs. However, the supply of some of them is not subject to legislative restriction and these are easily obtainable.

Pharmacists should remain aware of the potential drugs of misuse, particularly since some are manufactured from substances that can be obtained from pharmacies, and it is always possible that pharmacists might encounter users of these drugs or be asked for information about them.

Rhys Ponton is a medicines management pharmacist at NHS Plymouth, Jenny Scott is senior lecturer in pharmacy practice at University of Bath and Janie Sheridan is associate professor of pharmacy practice at the School of Pharmacy, University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Email: rhys.ponton@plymouth.nhs.uk

Citation: Clinical Pharmacist URI: 10977185

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