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New psychoactive substances: Purchasing and supply patterns in Australia


Sutherland, R and Bruno, R and Peacock, A and Dietze, P and Breen, C and Burns, L and Barratt, MJ, New psychoactive substances: Purchasing and supply patterns in Australia, Human Psychopharmacology, 32, (3) Article e2577. ISSN 0885-6222 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2017 John Wiley & Sons

DOI: doi:10.1002/hup.2577


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 to nominate a dealer (30%) or online marketplace (22%) as their main source and to report: supplying NPS to others (63%); supplying to strangers (29%) and acquaintances (24%); and supplying NPS for 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 exchanged NPS 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 NPS source 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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:2C-x, DMT, NBOMe, new psychoactive substances, online purchasing, synthetic cannabinoids
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bruno, R (Associate Professor Raimondo Bruno)
UTAS Author:Peacock, A (Miss Amy Peacock)
ID Code:120207
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2017-08-15
Last Modified:2018-07-26

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