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New psychoactive substances: Purchasing and supply patterns in Australia

Sutherland, R, Bruno, R ORCID: 0000-0001-6673-833X, Peacock, A ORCID: 0000-0002-5705-2026, Dietze, P, Breen, C, Burns, L and Barratt, MJ 2017 , 'New psychoactive substances: Purchasing and supply patterns in Australia' , Human Psychopharmacology, vol. 32, no. 3 , pp. 1-8 , doi: 10.1002/hup.2577.

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Objective: To examine the purchasing and supply patterns of new psychoactive substance(NPS) consumers in Australia.Method: Data were obtained from a self‐selected sample of 296 past‐year NPS consumers,with comparisons made across dimethyltryptamine (n = 104), 2C‐x (n = 59), NBOMe (n = 27),and synthetic cannabinoid (n = 22) users.Results: Most consumers (58%) nominated a friend as their main NPS source, and almost half(46%) reported that they had supplied NPS to others in the past year (predominantly “social supply”).However, when comparisons were made across NPS, NBOMe users were more likely tonominate a dealer (30%) or online marketplace (22%) as their main source and to report: supplyingNPS to others (63%); supplying to strangers (29%) and acquaintances (24%); and supplying NPSfor cash profit (29%).Similarly, NPS consumers who nominated online markets as their main NPS source (9%; n = 26)were more likely to have supplied NPS to others (risk ratio [RR] 1.57); supplied to strangers(RR 6.05) and acquaintances (RR 12.11); sold NPS for cash profit (RR 4.36); and to have exchangedNPS for something else (RR 3.27) than those who reported alternative primary sources.Conclusion: NBOMe consumers and those who nominated online markets as their main NPSsource reported greater engagement with for‐profit supply; it is unclear if these individuals have“drifted” into dealing or if they were already engaged in such activities.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Sutherland, R and Bruno, R and Peacock, A and Dietze, P and Breen, C and Burns, L and Barratt, MJ
Keywords: 2C‐x, DMT, NBOMe, new psychoactive substances, online purchasing, synthetic cannabinoids
Journal or Publication Title: Human Psychopharmacology
Publisher: Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 0885-6222
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/hup.2577
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Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons

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