Retrospective study of all cases in Australia in which new psychoactive stimulants or hallucinogen use was a mechanism contributory to death.
Professor Johan Duflou
University of Sydney
Increasing concerns regarding the harms of new psychoactive substances.
The study aimed to:
- Determine the characteristics, and circumstances of death, of all recorded cases of new psychoactive stimulant and hallucinogen-related death in Australia;
- Determine the toxicology of such deaths; and
- Determine the major organ pathology of cases.
Darke,S., Duflou, J., Peacock, A., Farrell, M. & Lappin, J. (In press) Characteristics and circumstances of death related to new psychoactive stimulants and hallucinogens in Australia. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0376871619303333)
This paper presents the first national clinical profile of death related to the use of NPS stimulants/hallucinogens.