Theorizing Novel and Emerging Drug Use: A Motivational Typology
Novel and emerging psychoactive drugs (NEPDs), a research-based classification referencing a wide range of natural plant-derived substances and synthetic compounds, have garnered considerable academic attention in recent years. Most of the scientific literature on NEPDs presents definitional overviews of specific substances in terms of their chemical composition and toxicology or socio-legal commentary. This study presents a motivational typology of NEPD use derived from interview data from a sample of offenders participating in jail-based drug treatment. Findings indicate four primary motives for NEPD use (experimentation, drug alternative, peer influence, and availability) and inform discussion for additional research and policy implications.
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Miller, J.M., Miller, H.V., Claxton, T.L. (2019) Theorizing Novel and Emerging Drug Use: A Motivational Typology. Deviant Behavior, 40(9), 1105-1118.